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Rat Lungworm Disease

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: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease

Most of the money will be devoted to public awareness and education efforts, as well as an epidemiological study.

Tad Bartimus: Can Rat Contraception Be A Weapon In War On Lungworm? Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Tad Bartimus: Can Rat Contraception Be A Weapon In War On Lungworm?

The rodent population on a Hana school campus was recently assessed by representatives of a company that produces the liquid contraceptive.

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up Courtesy of Tricia Mynar

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up

It seems implausible that a KHON reporter found out about a Hana woman who contracted rat lungworm disease without reading a story published earlier in Honolulu Civil Beat.

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research

Legislation that would have provided support for a team of researchers at the University of Hawaii at Hilo failed to make it out of committee.

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Rat Lungworm Disease