Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC, Post #15414.
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Over the past 10 years, Hawaii Island has seen a rapid increase in the number of reported cases of rat lungworm disease. Although the disease is preventable with a few simple precautions, some health officials feel not enough has been done to inform residents about the parasitic infection.
In an effort to increase public awareness of rat lungworm disease, Dr. Susan Jarvi, a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo, will present two public discussions of the disease at the Lyman Museum on Monday, 14 August 2017, 7-8:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3-4:30 p.m. At these meetings, Dr. Javi
“will provide critical information about the rat lungworm parasite, including life cycle, disease carriers, exposure risk, diagnostic testing and proven prevention measures.”
“Jarvi’s lab focuses on understanding host-parasite relationships using the avian malaria/avian pox disease system as a model. Since 2012, the lab has focused more efforts on rat lungworm disease education and research.”
“She and colleagues founded the Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working group in 2012, and they have made considerable progress in promoting prevention of the disease through education and outreach, and research on infection levels in molluscs and rats, exposure levels in humans, prevention through vaccination, and improvement in human diagnostics.”
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