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Bay Area Couple Contracts Brain-Infecting Parasite On Hawaii Honeymoon
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: April 13, 2017 02:54AM

Hi All,
I wonder what the pure rawists think of this news story and how they would handle eating raw food in a high risk area?

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Lape, 57, and Manilla, 65, contracted symptoms of a sickness neither had heard of before: rat lungworm, a disease caused by a parasitic worm that affects the brain and spinal cord. Both were hospitalized, and while Lape is now out, Manilla is still fighting the aches and pains at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

“It turned our lives upside down and inside out,” Lape said. “We literally both walked away from flourishing careers and are just now starting to think of putting our lives back together again.”

Neither knows exactly how they got it. In talks with the state Department of Health, they retraced everywhere they’d gone and everything they’d eaten.

“We were eating food from the garden, we were eating food from food stands, people were bringing us fruit and vegetables,” Lape said. “We have no idea, frankly, where we picked it up.”

The couple wanted to share its story to help people be more aware, Lape said. Despite their ordeal, she doesn’t hesitate at the thought of coming back to Maui. She just says they would do it differently – cooking fruits and vegetables instead of eating them raw and making sure their water is filtered or bottled.


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Re: Bay Area Couple Contracts Brain-Infecting Parasite On Hawaii Honeymoon
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: April 20, 2017 06:55PM



Hawaii health officials say two more people have contracted rat lungworm disease after consuming a homemade drink contaminated with slugs.

State Health Director Virginia Pressler said Wednesday the adults on Hawaii's Big Island drank kava, an elixir made from the roots of a plant that can calm nerves and deepen sleep. She said they left the kava out overnight in uncovered buckets and noticed the slugs after drinking it.

Rat lungworm disease is caused by a parasite found in rodents, which can pass the parasite to snails, slugs, crabs and other critters.

The disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord, can cause nausea, vomiting, severe pain and temporary paralysis. Symptoms can last a few weeks or months, but the parasites eventually die, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.

Another four adults who drank the same homemade kava are suspected of having the disease.

"Cases like this recent cluster are especially concerning because they can be prevented with basic precautions such as storing food in covered containers and properly inspecting and washing food before eating," Pressler said at a news conference.

There have been 11 confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii this year.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has been meeting with its members and contractors who book travel to Hawaii to explain the disease and is working on putting together direct messages for visitors, said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the group.

He said there's no need for visitors to Hawaii to change their plans and "from the standpoint of Hawaii's tourism industry it is important that people do not overreact or assume that the situation is worse than it is."

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Re: Bay Area Couple Contracts Brain-Infecting Parasite On Hawaii Honeymoon
Posted by: jtprindl ()
Date: April 20, 2017 08:26PM


Just letting you know I emailed you. Your inbox is full.

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