Lyman Museum to Host Talks on Rat Lungworm Disease

August 13, 2017, 9:01 AM HST
* Updated August 13, 8:07 AM
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The rat lungworm parasite under a microscope. Photo courtesy of Dr. Susan Jarvi.

Lyman Museum will host two doctors presenting “What You Need to Know about Rat Lungworm Disease” on Monday, Aug. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Susan Jarvi of University of Hawai‘i at Hiloʻs College of Pharmacy will discuss the rat lungworm parasite, including life cycle, disease carriers, exposure risk, diagnostic testing and proven prevention measures. Dr. Jon Martell of Hilo Medical Center will review clinical aspects of the disease in humans, sharing information on signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Admission to the program is free to Lyman Museum members and $3 for nonmembers. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lyman Museum is located in downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street. For more information, call (808) 935-5021, or visit

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