We know that slugs, snails, and rats in all counties carry the parasite that can cause rat lungworm disease, and rain with wet conditions often brings more of these garden pests.
Rat lungworm disease (angiostrongyliasis) can have debilitating effects on an infected persons brain and spinal cord.
As part of this effort, public education announcements are now running on 40 radio stations and seven television stations to build awareness and inform the public-at-large about rat lungworm disease and how to prevent it.
The risk of rat lungworm disease is present on all islands and there are basic steps we can take each day to reduce this risk and help prevent infection, said Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of environmental health.
Rat lungworm disease
researcher Sue Jarvi (http://www.
They will meet with national and international experts to discuss the controversial concerns around the diagnosis and treatment of rat lungworm disease.
There is no cure available for rat lungworm disease.
Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM), who is serving as Joint Task Force chair said, The Joint Task Force to combat rat lungworm disease
will reconvene in August.