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First case of rat lungworm disease reported on Oahu


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 04:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15410.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/09/breaking-news/first-case-of-rat-lung-reported-on-oahu/

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 04:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

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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Experts call for fluoridated water to combat dental decay | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation “one of the 10 great public health achievements” of the 20th century “because of its contribution to the large decline in cavities in the United States since the 1960s.”

Source: Experts call for fluoridated water to combat dental decay | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/experts-call-fluoridated-water-combat-tooth-decay).

Accessed on 14 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel.

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Comment:

Fluoridated water has been a hot issue on the U.S. mainland for years, with advocates saying the chemical delays tooth decay, while opponents believe fluoride is highly toxic and doesn’t belong in public water supplies.

In Hawaii, water supplies aren’t treated with fluoride. Recent data from the Hawaii Department of Health suggest the absence of this decay-fighting chemical confirms “children in Hawaii have the highest rates of dental decay in the country.”

Dental experts believe fluoridation of water and dental hygiene education “are answers to stopping Hawaii’s perennial prevalence of childhood tooth decay.” So far, attempts to add fluoride to the state’s water supplies have failed.


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Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health.

Source: Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/hawaii-dispensaries-not-yet-growing-medical-marijuana-plants).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 17:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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Comment:

Now that all eight licensed Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to serve patients, there’s only one major roadblock preventing the opening of the facilities–permission to grow the plants.

According to AP reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the state doesn’t have “a software system to track the product from seed to sale.”  The federal government requires tracking software before any medical marijuana can be planted.  Hawaii Department of Health representative Keith Ridley says “the state is finalizing a contract for software…it’s very important that we get this software tracking system up and running as quickly as possible.”

Another sticky issue is the lack of laboratories to test medical marijuana products. So far, no labs have applied with the state to begin a testing program.  Ridley adds that  no medical marijuana can be sold from dispensaries until it’s tested by a certified laboratory.


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KHNL: Chart House Restaurant employee tests positive for Hepatitis A


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A food service worker at Chart House Restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A as part of an <a href=”http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32680042

Source: KHNL: Chart House Restaurant employee tests positive for Hepatitis A (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=BjxludDt).

Accessed on 19 September 2016, 17:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed another case of Hepatitis A in Hawaii.  This time, the victim was a food service worker at the Charter House Restaurant on Oahu, where the employee served food from 01-04 September 2016 and from 08-11 September 2016.

Health Department officials say “There is a very low likelihood of recent customers being infected.”  Please consult your health care provider to see if a Hepatitis A vaccination is needed.

There have been 271 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A since the outbreak began several months ago.


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Flu season starts soon; time to get vaccinated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


It’s time to get your seasonal flu shot — not the nasal vaccine.

Source: Flu season starts soon; time to get vaccinated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/flu-season-starts-soon-time-to-get-vaccinated).

Accessed on 12 September 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel.

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Comment:

The official flu season runs from October to May.  It’s time to get your annual flu vaccination before the illness appears.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking everyone ages 6 months and older to get vaccinated “unless medically unstable.”

This year the CDC is recommending that nasal vaccine not be used “because statistics demonstrate it’s not effective for most who take it.”

State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park says there should be sufficient supplies of injectable vaccine for Hawaii’s residents.  Park also encourages parents to get their children vaccinated early if the opportunity arises. Park adds that state health officials are quite busy “handling dengue fever” and the current hepatitis A outbreak.  “That may delay the school vaccination program against flu.”


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State receives substance abuse grant | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Hawaii Department of Health announced Friday that the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Division has received a five-year, $8.4 million federal grant addressing alcohol and substance abuse.

Source: State receives substance abuse grant | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/state-receives-substance-abuse-grant).

Accessed on 10 September 2016, 17:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Hawaii Department of Health.

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Comment:

The Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment grant comes from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the grant “will trigger collaboration among services statewide to close gaps, especially in rural offerings and with health-provider shortages.”  State health officials add that the federal support will launch a “large-scale, integrated substance abuse treatment program” throughout the state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, 21 percent of Hawaii residents “engaged in excessive drinking.”


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Hepatitis outbreak teaches lessons | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


One part of the recent hepatitis A outbreak has nearly ended — the shortage of available vaccine.

Source: Hepatitis outbreak teaches lessons | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hepatitis-outbreak-teaches-lessons).

Accessed on 10 September 2016, 17:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel.

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Comment:

As Hawaii continues to wrestle with the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, we’re learning a few things that could help prevent such outbreaks in the future.

The shortage of hepatitis A vaccine has been solved.

The source of the infection has been found.  State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said “This outbreak was the result of a contaminated food product.” Park added that the frozen scallops in vacuum-sealed packets “were likely contaminated with hepatitis A before they arrived here.”

People, especially children, who’ve been vaccinated against the infection haven’t contracted the disease, “which might be the reason, so far, that only adults have been affected during the current outbreak.”  As of Wednesday, the state Health Department has confirmed 252 cases of hepatitis A linked to the current outbreak–all of them adults.

The state Department of Health is again reminding people of the importance of washing your hands, keeping food processing areas clean, and getting a hepatitis A vaccination. People who want a hepatitis A vaccination should check with their health care provider or pharmacy.


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