Now causing concern in Hawaii
I was asked earlier today if we had come across a cure for Rat Lung Disease. I had to admit that I had never heard of it and had to look up a number of references to even understand what it is.
It turns out to be a parasitic worm that people ingest unknowingly. It could be on vegetables or salads if not washed and cleaned properly.
While the parasite does not regard humans as its main target (rats are), humans are just collateral damage in its life cycle.
The main carriers are snails and slugs, which is why it is extremely important to carefully wash anything slugs and snails might have touched before consuming it.
PHOTOS: HAWAI‘I DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
The symptoms start out like the flu and become very painful, especially around the head and neck areas.
To make matters worse, there is very little research that has been done on the illness angiostrongyliasis and it seems that it will take a while to get funding for University of Hawaii, Manoa to find a cure.
There doesn’t appear to be any eradication program in place or even planned with Big Pharma or the CDC.
Being a parasitic worm, Wasabia japonica could kill them as the wasabi has a strong anti-parasite ability. It might be worth while trying this as a potential option – especially when you look at the option of a human developing eosinophilic meningitis.
The clinical symptoms of eosinophilic meningitis are as follows:
- Fever is often minor or absent but the presence of high fever suggests severe disease.
- headaches- both sides of the head in the frontal or occipital lobe
- meningismus - neck stiffness
- photophobia - sensitivity to light
- nausea with or without vomiting
- paresthesias - tingling, prickling, or numbing of skin
- hyperesthesia - severe sensitivity to touch
- bladder dysfunction with urinary retention
- paralysis localized to one area
- general paralysis often ascending in nature starting with the feet and progressing upwards to involve the entire body.
IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS SEE YOUR DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET TO THE LAST SYMPTOM ON THE LIST!
The diagnosis of disease caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis infestation is often difficult and relies heavily on the history of a likely ingestion of a commonly infested host and the presence of typical features of the disease. The presumptive diagnosis is particularly strong when eospinophilic meningoencephalitis can be confirmed. The diagnosis of eosinophilic meningitis can be arrived at through detection of elevated cranial pressure and increased numbers of eosinophils. The diagnosis of the cause of eosinophilic meningitis and the presence of A. cantonensis is remarkably more difficult.
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