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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

Rat lungworm cases spike on two Islands, Maui and Big Island

Hawaii is experiencing an uptick in rat lungworm disease.  Six confirmed cases on Maui and another three confirmed cases on  the Big Island were reported over the last three months with no deaths.   That’s about as many cases as are ever experienced over the course of a year. Some cases do get more public… Continue Reading

Hawaii Concerned About Rat Lungworm

In paradise, they still have to worry about rat lungworm.   Hawaii’s top experts on the debilitating infection gathered last week at the University of Hawaii-Hilo’s College of Pharmacy out of growing concern about rat lungworm. Earlier this year, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) had to issue a warning about rat lungworm– also known… Continue Reading