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In humans, the parasite will not develop to sexual maturity and may live for up to a year in the human body but will eventually die.

The patients were four locals and two USA citizens from California, Ben Manilla and Eliza Laupe who were spending their honeymoon at Maui, Hawaii News Now reports. Manilla said he's had "several operations, two pneumonias, a blood clot ..."

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. No deaths have been reported.

In addition this year, there have also been three (3) confirmed Hawaii Island resident cases.

"The investigation is fluid and the cluster of cases, though not all confirmed, are very concerning", said Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo, per CNN.

The infection is spread when rats carrying the parasite excrete the larvae of the roundworm in their faeces. However, this parasite can also infect slugs and snails, according to the CDC.

"It turned our lives upside down and inside out", Lape said.

Reports state that two newlywed couples from California recently contracted a rare brain-invading parasite on their honeymoon visit to Hawaii.

However, the CDC says that "Diagnosing A. cantonensis infections can be hard, in part because there are no readily available blood tests".

Lape's husband, Ben Manilla, a Peabody Award-winning professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, contracted a harsher form of the disease, she said. Supportive treatment and pain medications can be given to relieve the symptoms, and some patients are treated with steroids.

A Bay Area newlywed couple got a lot more than they bargained for out of their trip to Hawaii in January, i.e. a bad parasite, and thankfully they are both home and recovering three months later. However, an infection can incubate in only a single day or in six weeks.

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The analysis showed that insurers' losses were significantly reduced last year, that they are likely to break even this year, and that most could show profits in 2018. The parasites can not mature or reproduce in humans and will die eventually. "There's no rhyme or reason why it's going to hang out in this part of the brain or that part of the brain", Dr. Park said.

Finally, he said, if you have suspicious symptoms, see your physician.

When the angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite travels to the brain it can cause meningitis. Doctors tend to treat it with a combination of therapies, including anthelmintics - antiparasitic drugs - cortical steroids and supportive care. Officials got anxious and had asked whether something has changed to spike the number of infections in the island. Physicians were able to remove the parasite from the man's mouth. "If the parasite goes to the eye, sometimes you can surgically remove it". Some infected people don't have any symptoms or only have mild symptoms; in some other infected people the symptoms can be much more severe.

At first, Angiostrongylus cantonensis is common only in Southeast Asia and tropical Pacific islands. It is not always clear how each case became infected. This can lead to serious medical complications like eosinophilic meningitis, coma, and nervous system damage.

Rat lungworm disease affects the brain and the spinal cord. In Hawaii, cases can be diagnosed with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, performed by the State Laboratories Division, that detects A.

Prevention begins with cleanliness and proper cooking. In the meantime, officials encourage people to wash their fruits and veggies well before eating.

What are the Effects of Rat Lungworm Disease on Humans? Wider statewide public education efforts are also being planned. "It's important to appropriately store, inspect, and wash produce, especially leafy greens", added Okubo. While native slugs and snails may be carriers around 25 percent of the time, the invasive semi-slug has a carriage rate of around 70 to 80 percent of the time, The Maui News reported.

The sudden outbreak is now a cause of major concern to the health department. Humans can pick up the infection by handling or eating any infected critter or by eating produce that has been contaminated by roaming infected snails and slugs.

Eliminate snails and slugs near houses and in the garden.

Anyone anxious that they might be infected should consult a health care provider.