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Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States
ScienceNews.org ^ | 8/3/18 | Leah Rosenbaum

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.

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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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KEYWORDS: lungworm; parasite; rat
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Just a heads-up for all my fellow Freepers out there: Try to hold off scarfing down any more of those tempting, raw slugs you see slithering around out there on the sidewalk, m'kay?
1 posted on 08/11/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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Cut out raw leaf salads as well, no problem for me, hate salad.

And cook your slugs thoroughly..........

2 posted on 08/11/2018 11:53:05 AM PDT by doorgunner69 (Give me the liberty to take care of my own security..........)
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To: doorgunner69

If ya throw your salad in the microwave for 10 seconds it kills the worms and leaves a bit of nutritious protein behind.


3 posted on 08/11/2018 11:58:02 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: LibWhacker

Classic scene from The Jerk....

https://youtu.be/jP51U_QBx48


4 posted on 08/11/2018 12:00:51 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: LibWhacker

I eat snails because I don’t like fast food.


5 posted on 08/11/2018 12:06:33 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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Who eats raw snails ore slugs? Ewww.


6 posted on 08/11/2018 12:09:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Democratic socialism is when the majority of people vote to steal your property.)
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To: LibWhacker

Lousy reporting. What’s the cure if you’re infected?

One source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angiostrongylus_cantonensis#Treatment


7 posted on 08/11/2018 12:19:08 PM PDT by upchuck (When I first arrived in Washington, the extent of anger and partisanship stunned me. ~ CongressmanX)
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To: LibWhacker

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.


8 posted on 08/11/2018 12:20:09 PM PDT by Islander2 (Some of us are here because we are not all there.)
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To: LibWhacker

More information:

http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/rlw/faq.php


9 posted on 08/11/2018 12:27:17 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (They can have my pitbull when they pry his cold dead jaws off my ass.)
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To: LibWhacker

The name sounds like something out of the movie Alien.


10 posted on 08/11/2018 12:29:31 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (They can have my pitbull when they pry his cold dead jaws off my ass.)
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To: P.O.E.

~Groan~


11 posted on 08/11/2018 12:33:36 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Consensus isn't science.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The French?


12 posted on 08/11/2018 12:35:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: LibWhacker

Probably comes from all those illegals coming in from $h!tholes.


13 posted on 08/11/2018 12:39:55 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Stop your whining. This is a nation of immigrants, and that includes invertebrates. Diversity. Embrace it.
14 posted on 08/11/2018 12:43:26 PM PDT by fhayek
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“Probably comes from all those illegals coming in from $h!tholes.”

Comes from Hawaii, last I knew that didn’t tend toward “shithole”.


15 posted on 08/11/2018 12:47:32 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smart-ass disorder.)
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To: doorgunner69

Note To Self:

1 - Plant lettuce

2 - Don’t start eating slugs and snails


16 posted on 08/11/2018 12:49:46 PM PDT by Vlad The Inhaler (Liberalism is the philosophy of sniveling brats. - P.J. ORourke)
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...passed along to humans if the snails and slugs are eaten raw.

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.

Don't everybody?

17 posted on 08/11/2018 1:05:08 PM PDT by OldSmaj (The only thing washed on a filthy liberal is their damned brains.)
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a Chinese woman and her son contracted the disease in 2012 after eating raw
centipedes bought at a market.

18 posted on 08/11/2018 2:04:30 PM PDT by Daaave ("the flesh eating jinn of Komari")
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To: LibWhacker

Another “gift” from the DemoRATs!


19 posted on 08/11/2018 2:15:29 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Vaquero

Not everything is Mexicans.

In this case mostly oriental, and yes, there are many crap holes there despite being pretty smart.

I’m 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 it’s “cultural”. It’s stupid, and begging for more trouble.


20 posted on 08/11/2018 2:31:57 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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