Hawaii announces the third confirmed case of rat lungworm disease on the island in 2019. Find out more about this parasitic infection that can cause a rare type of meningitis in patients.
Public Health April 28, 2019
A young man who had eaten a slug as a dare eight years ago lost his battle against rat lungworm, a type of parasite. He died last Friday surrounded by family and friends.
Public Health November 6, 2018
Sam Ballard was 19 years old when he swallowed a garden slug on a dare. The life of the former rugby player dramatically changed after that, with his family now seeking financial aid from the government for his medical bills.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2018
Researchers find rat lungworm infection in five out of 18 counties in Florida. Find out why humans are just accidental carriers of the disease, and how you can prevent being infected.
Public Health June 30, 2017
The rat lungworm parasite that can cause potentially deadly meningitis has been found in Florida. Here are the five counties where researchers detected the presence of the parasite in snails and rats.
Public Health June 29, 2017
Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.
Public Health April 20, 2017
A rare parasitic worm is spreading in Maui, where a number of people have been infested with the rat lungworm. In rare cases, the infection can affect the nervous system of the host.
Public Health April 10, 2017
Rat lungworm was first detected in Taiwan in 1944 and has since spread to other parts of the world including the United States. How does globalization and climate change help spread the parasite?
Public Health April 8, 2017