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Free Talk on Rat Lungworm Disease at UH Hilo April 15

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The University of Hawai`i at Hilo will host a free presentation on rat lungworm disease on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The talk, presented by Dr. Susan Jarvi of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, will be held in UCB room 100.

Entitled “Rat Lungworm Disease: Collaborative Efforts to Advance Research and Education,” the lecture will share preventative measures, the latest in research and education efforts, the cost and impact of the disease, as well as discussion on creating Federal and State partnerships to grow awareness.

Sixty human cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported in Hawai‘i, with the majority originating from the Puna district of the Big Island.  Signs of the disease can range from mild, flu-like symptoms to more severe effects resulting in long-term disability and death.


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