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Hawaii reports first confirmed rat lungworm case of 2018

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed the first case of rat lungworm disease in the state this year in an adult resident of West Hawaii on Hawaii Island. The individual became seriously ill earlier this month and is being treated at a hospital. Laboratory results confirmed evidence of the rat lungworm parasite in the… Continue Reading

‘Free’ trip leaves man in expensive, lifelong, parasitic nightmare

Ron and Darlene Fields had been married for 26 years when they decided to take a “free” 12-day trip to Hawaii in fall 2016. Ron was 62 then, and his construction business in Sarasota, FL, was really taking off. Darlene, who does paperwork for the company, had saved up credit card reward points so they… Continue Reading

Hawaii revises food safety regs a year after Hep A outbreak

A year after a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to scallops sickened almost 300 people, killing two, the Hawaii Department of Health is imposing new food safety regulations. The cornerstone of the state’s updated food safety code is the requirement that all “food establishments” have at least one “person in charge” who has a food handlers… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

People who recently ate poke in Hawaii that was prepared with contaminated, frozen raw tuna still have time to receive post-exposure vaccinations for Hepatitis A. The frozen ahi cubes were distributed to retailers, restaurants and caterers by Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC and was sold to the public between April 27 and May 1 on Oahu. “Because it generally… Continue Reading

90,000 Hepatitis A follow-up shots coming due in Hawaii

More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State. More than two-and-a-half times as many people in Hawaii took Hepatitis A vaccinations this past year compared with 2015, mainly… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

Seaweed farm linked to Salmonella outbreak recalls products

Four days after the Hawaii Department of Health reported it ordered a farm to cease and desist distribution of its seaweed because of links to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the company posted a recall notice. Marine Agrifuture LLC of Kahuku, HI, is recalling its “Kahuku Ogo,” “Robusta Ogo” and “Kahuku Sea Asparagus” from distributors and… Continue Reading

Hawaii names farm linked to outbreak; recall details sketchy

A seaweed growing operation in Hawaii is under orders to stop distributing products after a Salmonella outbreak investigation uncovered the pathogen in packing and processing tanks at the farm. The cease and desist order from the Hawaii Department of Health’s sanitation branch was published two days after the health department announced the outbreak had been… Continue Reading