Global & Disaster Medicine

Hawaii: The east side of the Big Island, in particular, has become a hot spot for Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Rat Lungworm Disease).


“……Although the larvae can’t grow into adult worms in a human host, they still can cause various complications, including flulike symptoms, headaches, stiff necks and bursts of nerve pain that seem to shift from one part of the body to another. M.R.I. scans suggest that the worms can also wriggle into the brain, leading to eosinophilic meningitis, which in rare cases can cause paralysis.….”

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