California couple among Hawaii rat lungworm disease victims

Rare brain parasite, transmitted by slugs, raises alarm in Hawaii

Rare brain parasite, transmitted by slugs, raises alarm in Hawaii

"What we came home with wasn't ideal".

The disease, which can cause a type of meningitis with the parasitic roundworm attacking the infected person's brain, is spread by slugs that ingest rat feces containing worm larvae. "It really does disrupt and destroy people's lives".

The Hawaiian island health officials are lately anxious following rise in infections that is stemming from a parasitic work capable of invading human brains. Rat lungworm infection can be hard to identify, as symptoms are shared with many conditions and there are no accurate blood tests for the disease. Rats and other infected animals can also pass on the illness. According to Janice Okubo, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, the last case had taken place in 2010. This has sparked concern over the six new cases of rat lungworm infection discovered in the last three months.

"People often lose work for months or possibly lifetimes", Howe said. In the past few decades, the parasite made its way to the U.S., reaching Hawaii, California, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

So they eloped, enjoying a private ceremony at Hana Ranch on January 10 with just the two of them, a photographer and someone to officiate. "He got bad pain in his shoulders and elbows". The rat lungworm is mainly found in the Pacific Basin and Southeast Asia, but has also been spotted in Hawaii, Louisiana, and the Caribbean, according to the CDC's official literature on the worm.

Neither knows exactly how they got it. Health officials are starting to get even more concerned because the worm is spreading too fast.

Hacker sets off emergency alarms, frightening Dallas residents
What better way to sound the alarm about a vulnerability than to use the city's own, incredibly loud warning system to do it? The rush of inquiries caused a backlog, forcing some callers to wait up to six minutes to speak with emergency personnel.

"[Make] sure that the foods you eat are cooked properly, your vegetables are washed - that would help you prevent infection", said Walden. "We have no idea, frankly, where we picked it up".

He noted that companies have increased their prices and are now largely covering their medical costs, and have also significantly narrowed their networks to include fewer doctors and hospitals as a way to lower those costs, The Times reported. He's already had several operations, two pneumonias, a blood clot and kidney complications, he said. He still has shoulder pain, tremors and difficulty with fine motor skills.

"Don't ever say to me that labour is hard". I just kind of vanished.

"Just thorough rinsing. Simple, do the best you can". However, she doesn't have the stamina she used to have and is "still feeling weird things in my body occasionally".

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Despite their ordeal, she doesn't hesitate at the thought of coming back to Maui.

People who eat undercooked or raw snails, as well as contaminated vegetables and fruits, can catch the infection. People eating raw produce that has any part of a slug or snail on it, or a freshwater shrimp infected with the parasite, can be sickened.

Recommended News

  • Factory output shrinks 1.2% in February amidst falling economic activity

    Factory output shrinks 1.2% in February amidst falling economic activity

    The annual increase strengthened to 1.2% from 0.2% previously, although this was notably lower than the expected figure of 2.0%. This was along a 1.1% fall in output of non-durable consumer goods, a wide category including fresh vegetables and clothing.
    Sign or be sold, Everton boss tells Barkley

    Sign or be sold, Everton boss tells Barkley

    Leicester failed to mark efficiently and Jagielka was gifted with a free header to guide Mirallas' corner into the top corner. Tom Davies gaves the hosts the lead in the first minute but Islam Slimani had Leicester back on level terms soon after.
    Death toll from Egypt church bombing rises to 21

    Death toll from Egypt church bombing rises to 21

    Three were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense battery, while the fourth struck an open field outside the city. Monday's travel warning was unusual in its urgency and it is rare for the Taba crossing to be shut down.
  • Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

    Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

    But despite the opposition to Gorsuch, his confirmation was never seriously in doubt and he flew remarkably under the radar. The Senate's 52 Republicans threatened to use the nuclear option to break the filibuster and did so on Thursday.

    UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

    An Air Force general says she is extremely confident the United States could intercept a ballistic missile fired by North Korea. North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

    KT McFarland booted from National Security Council

    McFarland has been asked to step down in another shakeup within President Trump's administration, according to a new report . McFarland would now have to be confirmed by the Senate for the ambassadorship.
  • Trump flashes fist behind the handshake in summit with Xi

    The two leaders agreed that their first meeting was "positive and fruitful", China's state-run Xinhua news agency said . The most powerful message for the Chinese leader may have been Trump's decision to launch US missile strikes at Syria.
    US, Canada, Mexico To Announce Joint Bid For World Cup On Monday

    US, Canada, Mexico To Announce Joint Bid For World Cup On Monday

    Forty-eight countries will be split into 16 groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to a 32-nation knock-out round. Mexico has staged the finals twice, the last time in 1986, while newcomers Canada held the 2015 Women's World Cup.

    Cable Operators and Telecoms Score Victory in House Vote on Privacy Rules

    The bill passed in a 215-205 vote today with Republicans overwhelmingly voting in favor of repealing the broadband privacy rules. Your online personal information could be more at risk than ever. "Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet", he said.
  • Thousands protest law that could oust university from Hungary

    Thousands protest law that could oust university from Hungary

    Thousands marched in Hungary at the weekend in support of a George Soros-backed university that faces a government crackdown. It now has approximately 1,400 students and 370 faculty members from more than 130 countries and regions.
    5 killed in clashes at Lebanon camp

    5 killed in clashes at Lebanon camp

    According to United Nations figures, roughly 460,000 Palestinians are now living in 12 refugee camps scattered across Lebanon. The incident has raised fears of spiraling violence in Ain el-Hilweh, which has seen intermittent clashes in recent months.

    North Korea test-fires missile ahead of Trump's meeting with Chinese leader

    North Korea fired an apparent ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said early Wednesday. The 60 kilometers is a relatively short flight compared with the distances that other North Korean missiles flew.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.