Parasitic Worm Infections Multiply In Hawaii: Is Climate Change The Cause Of Rat Lungworm Spread?

Local officials in Hawaii are concerned due to a parasitic worm infection called rat lungworm disease that has sickened six people in recent months, as compared to only two people in the previous decade.

According to a report from ABC News, the rat lungworm is known by the scientific name Angiostrongylus cantonesis, and once people are infected, there is no known treatment. People can get the infection by eating raw or undercooked snails, or fruits and vegetables that have been contaminated by the worm, and once this happens, it could result in meningitis, and in some cases, death.

Over the last three months, there have been six cases of the worm-related infection reported or three times the number of infections recorded in the previous decade.

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