Official cases confirm 6 cases of rat lung disease in Hawaii this year


HONOLULU – The Hawaii health department has confirmed another case of rat lungworm disease.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that a mainland resident became ill while traveling while traveling in west Hawaii in February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Officials say the person is hospitalized for short time after reportedly not washing fruit.

Officials say the investigation was not able to confirm the source of infection.

Experts say the disease caused by parasitic round disease can affect a person's brain and spinal cord and potentially cause long-term disability.

Department of Officials say washing produces and controlling vermin populations around homes can help prevent the disease.


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