Skip to comments.Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States
Posted on 08/11/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Health officials have confirmed 12 cases of rat lungworm disease in the continental United States since January 2011 including six patients who had not traveled abroad but still contracted the illness caused by a parasite endemic to tropical regions in Asia and Hawaii.
The disease is also known as angiostrongyliasis, after the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis whose larvae hatch in the lungs of rats and then are expelled in the rodents excrement. At that point, the larvae can be picked up by snails and slugs, and then passed along to humans if the snails and slugs are eaten raw. On July 30, researchers added centipedes to the list of creatures that can transmit the disease to humans, after a Chinese woman and her son contracted the disease in 2012 after eating raw centipedes bought at a market (SN Online: 7/30/18).
More than half of the recent U.S. cases involved patients who had eaten raw vegetables, likely inadvertently consuming a snail or slug, and at least one case involved a toddler who ate slugs while playing. Of the six cases confirmed as originating within the country, four were reported from Texas, one from Tennessee and one from Alabama.
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And cook your slugs thoroughly..........
If ya throw your salad in the microwave for 10 seconds it kills the worms and leaves a bit of nutritious protein behind.
Classic scene from The Jerk....
I eat snails because I don’t like fast food.
Who eats raw snails ore slugs? Ewww.
Lousy reporting. What’s the cure if you’re infected?
A friend here in Hilo got the rat lung disease from eating home grown lettuce. The snail or slug just has to leave a slime trail on the vegtables to make them toxic. He described the terrible time when the parasites got into his brain....nothing but excruciating pain and mind disruption.
So, here when in doubt we wash the veggies in bleach water followed by a good rinse.
The name sounds like something out of the movie Alien.
Probably comes from all those illegals coming in from $h!tholes.
“Probably comes from all those illegals coming in from $h!tholes.”
Comes from Hawaii, last I knew that didn’t tend toward “shithole”.
Note To Self:
1 - Plant lettuce
2 - Don’t start eating slugs and snails
Who eats raw slugs?
I always make it a point to sprinkle my slugs liberally with salt and then fry the dickens out of 'em.
a Chinese woman and her son contracted the disease in 2012 after eating raw
centipedes bought at a market.
Another “gift” from the DemoRATs!
Not everything is Mexicans.
In this case mostly oriental, and yes, there are many crap holes there despite being pretty smart.
Im telling you, not only do foreigners concern me moving here, but mostly the TRAVEL they do frequently to see their relatives, as well as regular natives traveling to these places because its cultural. Its stupid, and begging for more trouble.
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