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Rat Lungworm Disease

Hawaii’s First Case Of Rat Lungworm This Year Found On Maui Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s First Case Of Rat Lungworm This Year Found On Maui

The Department of Health said there were nine reported cases in 2019.

Scientists Say Many Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii May Go Unreported Kimberly Bowman

Scientists Say Many Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii May Go Unreported

Costly and strict diagnostic protocols mean a long wait to find out if someone has the disease. That may soon change thanks to blood tests in the works at UH Hilo.

Lawsuit: Slug Found In Sandwich Exposed Family To Rat Lungworm Disease Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Slug Found In Sandwich Exposed Family To Rat Lungworm Disease

The young Big Island family is the third party since February 2019 to sue a restaurant over uncleaned produce that has caused the potentially fatal disease.

Big Island: Researchers Battle The Rat Lungworm Problem Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Researchers Battle The Rat Lungworm Problem

More funding is leading to new discoveries as the parasite continues to sicken people in Hawaii.

DOH Confirms Big Island’s Third Case Of Rat Lungworm In 2019

DOH Confirms Big Island’s Third Case Of Rat Lungworm In 2019

An east Hawaii Island resident may have contracted the disease in early February. The exact source of the disease could not be identified.

Task Force Sets New Guidelines For Treating Rat Lungworm Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Task Force Sets New Guidelines For Treating Rat Lungworm

Before the new guidelines, there were no clear or reliable diagnosis and treatment protocols available to Hawaii doctors.

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies Courtesy of Richard Malik

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies

Veterinarians are seeing a lot of cases involving dogs. The disease is treatable — maybe even preventable — but it’s expensive.

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis Courtesy of Kana Covington

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis

Promising work at the University of Hawaii Hilo is drastically underfunded while $1 million is spent on public education about the disease.

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu

Fifteen other cases — all on Maui or the Big Island — have been reported this year, the most in a decade.

Rat Lungworm Disease