Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 04:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15410.
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State Health Department officials have confirmed the first case of rat lungworm disease on Oahu since 2010. This is the 16th case of the parasitic disease that leaves victims with intense pain and long-term care. Most of the rat lungworm disease have turned up on Hawaii Island and Maui.
Public Health officials are warning local residents to be careful when they are preparing vegetables, since slugs and snails, which carry the parasite, can leave the disease on plant leaves and stems:
“The source of the individual’s infection is still unknown at this time,” but the investigation is continuing, the department said in the release.
“This is a serious disease that can be acquired on any of our islands because slugs and snails throughout the state carry the parasite responsible for the illness,” said Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of Environmental Health. “This is a grim reminder that we all need to take precautions when working in our gardens and on farms, and eliminate slugs, snails and rats from our communities to reduce the risks posed by this parasitic disease.”
“Health officials urged the public to carefully inspect and wash all produce, especially leafy greens, under running water in order to remove any tiny snails or slugs. They also advise residents to eliminate slugs, snails and rats around their homes and gardens.”
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