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There's a Parasite That Infects the Hawaiian Brains
There is an outbreak of poop-eating slugs that is infecting Hawaiians with brain parasites right now. A study has been published on Monday. They have found…
Jul 12, 2019 12:32 UTC Read More

Gecko death: David Dowell died from parasite common in house geckos
Queensland father David Dowell who died 10 days after swallowing a gecko may have died from a parasitic tapeworm common in Asian house geckos rather…
Jul 03, 2019 10:06 UTC Read More

A Twofer – DOE bans herbicides & GMO acreage plummets
For those of us concerned about the increasing presence of pesticides in our food, water, land and air – there have been two recent and newsworthy…
Jul 03, 2019 10:04 UTC Read More

Unusual symptoms pointing to brain cancer turned out to be a tapeworm
The doctors said she had a brain tumor. She had surgery. She expected to have chemo and radiation. But when a surgeon removed the suspected tumor,…
Jun 08, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

What The Health?! Multiple Hawaii tourists infected by rare parasite: What is rat lungworm disease?
Can leftover spaghetti really kill you? Can you actually cough up a blood clot in the shape of your lung? In Yahoo Lifestyle Canada's newest series, What The…
Jun 07, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains
Hawaii's health department has released *fresh* warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to…
May 30, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat lungworm disease strikes 3 travelers in Hawaii
Hawaii's health department confirmed on Tuesday that three more people had been diagnosed with the potentially deadly rat lungworm disease last year,…
May 28, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

California dad shares meningitis B warning after infection kills teen daughter 'within 36 hours'
Sara Stelzer's life was just beginning when it was tragically cut short when she contracted meningitis B.
May 24, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Morning Break: Holiday Bites; Mosquito Capital; Rat Lungworm in Paradise
Note that some links may require subscriptions. Something to ponder as you plan outings for the holiday weekend: Worldwide, more than 200 people a day die…
May 24, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat lungworm meeting set for North Kohala library
The state Department of Health is educating the public on rat lungworm disease at a meeting Monday at the North Kohala Public Library. Health officials will talk…
Apr 18, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat Lungworm support group meeting Wednesday (April 10)
MEDIA RELEASE. Hilo Medical Center Rat Lungworm support group 4-6 p.m. , on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Keaau Community Center at 16-186 Pili…
Apr 07, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Second Rat Lungworm Case Confirmed on Hawai'i Island in 2019
The state's second case of rat lungworm disease has been confirmed on Hawai'i Island, according to the state Department of Health.
Mar 29, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat lungworm: Hawaii reports 1st case of 2019
Hawai'i state health officials reported the first angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease case of 2019 in an adult resident from East Hawai'i. Slug Image/…
Feb 15, 2019 07:59 UTC Read More

Man who contracted rat lungworm disease suing Hana Fresh, claims it came from snail in their salad
KITV4 reached out to Hana Health -- the company that owns Hana *Fresh* -- and in a statement, they say they haven't been served with a complaint.
Feb 13, 2019 07:59 UTC Read More

Semi-sluggish pace: Potent rat lungworm vector identified in North Kohala
KAILUA-KONA — Two years ago, no one could find a trace of the semi-slug in North Kohala. But today, the vector non grata believed to be the most effective and…
Feb 09, 2019 08:00 UTC Read More

Confirmed Detection of Rat Lungworm Vector in Kohala District
Staff from the University of Hawai'i-Hilo DKICP confirmed a collection of Parmarion martensi, an invasive slug, from the Kohala district of the Big Island.
Feb 07, 2019 08:00 UTC Read More

Semi-Slug Found in Kohala Sparks Rat Lungworm Vigilance
A collection of Parmarion martensi, an invasive semi-slug, has been confirmed in the Kohala district of the Big Island.
Feb 07, 2019 07:59 UTC Read More

Semi-slug, a rat-lungworm disease vector, found in North Kohala
MEDIA RELEASE. A semi-slug captured in Kohala Middle School students. Kay Howe from Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy instructing teachers on slug…
Feb 07, 2019 07:59 UTC Read More

Confirmed Rat Lungworm Case Brings 2018 Total to 8
The infant became ill in early December and, since then, has been transferred to O'ahu and is hospitalized for further case management.
Jan 11, 2019 07:59 UTC Read More

Hawaii rat lungworm case tally now at 7
Hawai'i state health officials have recently reported two additional confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease in individuals from Hawai'i Island, bringing the state…
Nov 27, 2018 07:59 UTC Read More

How You Can Eat a Slug and Die of Rat Lungworm
Man dies of rat lungworm disease eight years after eating infected slug. HowStuffWorks takes a look.
Nov 15, 2018 07:59 UTC Read More

Parasite That Killed Slug-Eating Australian Sam Ballard is Seen in Video
On Friday, Australian Sam Ballard died after an 8-year illness that started with a garden slug he swallowed on a dare. As a teen, the rugby player's friends…
Nov 06, 2018 07:59 UTC Read More

A young rugby player ate a slug on a ‘mate’s’ dare. Now he’s dead.
Eight years after Sam Ballard swallowed a slug on a dare, he has died.
Nov 05, 2018 07:59 UTC Read More

Health Hazard: Understanding "Rat Lungworm"
Australian rugby player, Sam Ballard, recounted a story, when, one night back in 2010, he accepted a dare to eat a slug (snail) while hanging out with friends…
Nov 05, 2018 07:59 UTC Read More

New Guidelines for Rat Lungworm Disease
Two doctors from the UH medical Scholl's department of Tropical Medicine. Doctors Vernon Ansdell and Gerald Murphy will showcase efforts to deal with Rat.
Oct 30, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Workshops Inform Teachers About Rat Lungworm Disease
Teachers on the Big Island will have the opportunity to participate in the collection of data on Rat Lungworm Disease (RLW).
Sep 20, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Parasitic worms sicken people in the mainland United States
Health officials have reported cases of a new infectious disease in eight continental U.S. states. Called rat lungworm, it has sickened 12 people since January…
Sep 18, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

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.
Sep 04, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

New treatments for rat lungworm
LIHUE — The state is cinching down on diagnosing and treating rat lungworm disease, which has been a problematic parasite for physicians in Hawaii since it…
Sep 01, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

New preliminary rat lungworm treatment guidelines
The state Joint Task Force on Rat Lungworm Disease has announced new guidelines for clinical management of rat lungworm disease.
Aug 31, 2018 07:00 UTC Read More

Steroid, spinal tap among new rat lungworm guidelines
A joint task force created by Gov. David Ige to combat rat lungworm disease announced on Thursday new preliminary guidelines to help physicians diagnose,…
Aug 31, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat Lungworm Parasite Found on Molokai The
A recently-released University of Hawaii study has confirmed the presence of rat lungworm on Molokai and on every island throughout the state except Lanai.
Aug 31, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Hawaii rat lungworm task force creates new guidelines for faster diagnosis
A group commissioned by Gov. David Ige to prevent the spread of rat lungworm disease has created guidelines for earlier diagnosis of the potentially crippling…
Aug 30, 2018 07:00 UTC Read More

Health Care Providers Should Consider Rat Lungworm in Patients with Eosinophilic Meningitis
Health care providers, especially those practicing in the southern United States, should consider angiostrongyliasis in patients with eosinophilic meningitis.
Aug 23, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

What Is Rat Lungworm? Toddler Contracts Fifth Case of Disease in Hawaii This Year
A toddler has contracted rat lungworm disease in Hawaii, taking the total number of cases in the state this year to five, health officials confirmed on Thursday.
Aug 17, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Hawaii Island toddler contracts rat lungworm disease
KAILUA-KONA — A toddler from East Hawaii has contracted rat lungworm disease, the state Department of Health announced in a press release Thursday.
Aug 16, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Rat lungworm infection found in 8 states, CDC warns
The CDC confirmed rat lungworm infection, which can cause meningitis in humans, in 12 people between 2011 and 2017 — raising questions about how…
Aug 06, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Mother, son contract rat lungworm after eating raw centipedes
After two people in Guangzhou, China, were admitted to the hospital with headaches and other neurological symptoms, doctors pinpointed an infection with a…
Aug 03, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

What is rat lungworm? The CDC says this parasite may be more common than people think
A parasite called rat lungworm, which can get into people's brains, has infected 12 people including toddlers in the continental U.S. in recent years, federal…
Aug 03, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Distribution of rat lungworm, now and into future
A recent study revealed that Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, is widespread in the Hawaiian Islands and its distribution may expand, especially…
Aug 01, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

A medical mystery reveals the dangers of eating raw centipedes
Doctors report that A. cantonensis was transmitted to two people who ate raw centipedes, but you can get it from other creatures as well.
Jul 30, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Hawaii teachers tackle a slimy subject: rat lungworm disease
Kay Howe wore a beige T-shirt with a catchy message to the workshop she led for public and private school teachers at 'Iolani School: A drawing of a slug with…
Jul 25, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

Stay informed, avoid rat lungworm
This map shows the distribution of rat lungworm in Hawaii according to recent research out of the University of Hawaii. Photo courtesy University of Hawaii at…
Jul 21, 2018 07:00 UTC Read More

Study: The snails and slugs that carry rat lungworm are widespread in Hawaii
Be careful around slugs and snails - a new study says they can carry an infectious disease that is widespread in the Hawaiian Islands.
Jul 12, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More

UH researchers predict distribution of rat lungworm, now and into future
Some of the snails and slugs that are known carriers of rat lungworm in Hawaiʻi. Lissachatina fulica, giant African snail. (Photo credit: R. Rollins). A University of…
Jul 10, 2018 06:59 UTC Read More


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