Tag: rat lungworm

American Tourist Contracts Rat Lungworm In Hawaii After Eating Slug On A Dare

Three tourists from the mainland contracted rat lungworm while visiting Hawaii. One contracted the illness after eating a slug on a dare. How does the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis infect humans?

Public Health May 26, 2019

Third Case Of Rat Lungworm Confirmed In Hawaii

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

Man Passes Away 8 Years After Eating Slug Infected With Lungworm

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

Former Rugby Player Paralyzed After Swallowing Garden Slug On A Dare Now Has To Fight For Government Aid

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

Rat Lungworm Parasite Spreads Across Florida: Here's How You Can Get Infected

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

Brain-Invading Parasite That Can Cause Meningitis Now In Florida, Thanks To Climate Change

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

New Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii Linked To Contaminated Kava Drink

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

Rare Parasitic Worm Spreads In Maui: Why Is Infection On The Rise?

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

Brain-Invading Parasite May Have Spread Due To Climate Change And Globalization

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

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