The 53-minute film “Accidental Host — The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease” produced by Dr. Claire Panosian, has been airing on PBS stations around the country since last October and will see its third round of primetime broadcasts on PBS Hawaii on Aug. 17 and Aug. 20.

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“Tropical parasites in our food? No way!” most Americans think.

It’s time to think again.

In May Hawaii’s Department of Health announced three more cases of rat lungworm in recent visitors. Already endemic in Hawaii, Asia, Australia, Brazil and the Caribbean, the exotic foodborne menace is also emerging in
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A parasitic worm that causes serious infections, especially via foods and beverages, has sickened at least three mainland visitors to Hawaii’s Big Island, according to state officials.

Hawaii’s health department director has released information provided to the state by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the confirmation
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A foodborne parasite detected in two patients in a Chinese hospital has been traced to consumption of raw wild centipedes, according to a case report by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Researchers from the Southern Medical University and Zhujiang Hospital in Guangzhou said it’s the first time
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