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‘Fire Ant Eye’ Meeting Scheduled

September 28, 2016, 7:54 AM HST
* Updated September 28, 8:01 AM
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Little fire ants can deliver a painful sting and welts that can last for weeks. HISC photo.

Little fire ants can deliver a painful sting and welts that can last for weeks. HISC photo.

The Good Shepherd Foundation will host a free public meeting about the eye disease epidemic in pets on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pāhoa Community Center.

The condition, considered a form of tropical keratopathy, has been linked to the Little Fire Ant, although that link is controversial with some vets disagreeing.

There is no known treatment or cure for the disease, which affects over 50% of the dogs and cats in the Puna District.

The meeting will discuss what is known about this condition, what people can do to help their pets, and will conclude with a presentation by the Hawaii Ant Lab on LFA control.
The Good Shepherd Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal and environmental protection group locate in Pahoa.
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For more information, visit www.FireAntEye.org.

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