Big Isle parasite victims emerge from...

Big Isle parasite victims emerge from their comas - News

There are 44 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 21, 2009, titled Big Isle parasite victims emerge from their comas - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Two people who contracted rat lungworm disease have emerged from comas, and a third has recovered enough to walk and live at home on the Big Island, relatives and friends said.

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Kim

South Elgin, IL

#1 Mar 21, 2009
Oh Oh! Better be careful.
Mr X

Barnesville, OH

#2 Mar 21, 2009
Cook your food and use PESTICDES to kill the slugs hat carry Rat Lungworm dsease.
owwwt

United States

#3 Mar 21, 2009
Do not "experiment". Copy other's ways of food preparation.
Tim Walker

Walnut Creek, CA

#4 Mar 21, 2009
The CDC's website indicates that this parasite lives in infected slugs and snails (which in turn were were infected by ingesting rat feces). Humans get it by eating the slugs or snails, either on purpose or by accident. It seems odd that the State Department of Health would imply that pesticides and bacteria cause the disease and not even mention the slugs and snails in its recommendation to the public.
Intersection

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Mar 21, 2009
Thank goodness and the powers that be they are out of their comas.

Now begins their excruciating way back from the other side. Close encounters with parasites is very painful. They are not 'out of the woods' yet.
Mike

Ronan, MT

#6 Mar 21, 2009
What a bizzare disease. Is their more information the CDC should be telling us? Can we get this disease in the lower 48? I hope this newspaper will print more on this.
Anonymous

Pearl City, HI

#8 Mar 21, 2009
That is the most absolutely gross-est information I have heard all day and it is called rat lungworm.

It sounds like something that you would order in a cheap Chinese kitchen with noodles.

Kristina

Fenton, MI

#10 Mar 21, 2009
Lesson learned: WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR PRODUCE and COOK FOOD THOROUGHLY before eating, regardless of where it was grown. Eating slugs or snails = Not a good idea.

Since: Jan 09

Hilo, HI

#12 Mar 21, 2009
Mr. X, I mean A. Walden, what's your kick with "PESTICDES" (sic)? Is that part of the GOP's "get the environment" thing? There are alternatives, you know, but that would require some reading.

And do you always cook your lettuce? No wonder you're so grumpy. Try a salad sometime, they can be refreshing (and purgative, which it sounds like you could use). All it takes is thorough washing.
Ray

Honolulu, HI

#15 Mar 21, 2009
Tim is right on. Why does the story mention bacteria when the organism involved is a worm carried by rats and snails and slugs?
The CDC has a web page which provides more information about this disease. Go to --
http://www.cdc.gov/NCIDOD/dpd/parasites/angio...
"Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Ann-gee-o-stronge-uh-luss can-tun-en-sis) is a parasitic worm of rats. It is also called the rat lungworm. The mature (adult) form of the parasite is found only in rodents (it is not found in people). Infected rats pass immature forms (larvae) of the parasite in their feces. Snails and slugs get infected by ingesting the larvae in rat feces. These larvae mature in snails and slugs but do not become adult worms. The life cycle comes full circle when rats eat infected snails or slugs and the larvae further mature to become adult worms."
Monroe

Honolulu, HI

#17 Mar 21, 2009
Watch out for aunty's cooking. You've all been warned.

Seriouly, wishing those three a speedy recovery.
one foot in grave

United States

#18 Mar 21, 2009
What a good eating scargo snail this animal leaves on area where water is aubandon or in farms its island have this, year around. cdc dont realy tell all what they know and they just wait until there are people dying or very sick. already in 50 state your food are tainted with chemical. and health department are ignoring some of our eatery stablishment. specially the people that serve food behind the counter. when I see people doing somethimg then dont wash there hand and tough the food to serve customer. I dont go back there at all.
loki

Gig Harbor, WA

#19 Mar 21, 2009
This really freaks me out.
I wish there was more publicity regarding this.
I use Force 2 Deadline snail poison. It works better than Sluggo.
I also use Rat Zapper- because the rats around my house were too smart, they would not go in the regular rodent traps. Now I zap them to death with 4 D batteries and dog food as bait.
Shareholder

Kaneohe, HI

#20 Mar 21, 2009
Scary stuff. I hope the lady recovers.
Speedy Recovery

Kailua Kona, HI

#21 Mar 21, 2009
I'm so glad to hear these folks are getting better. I hate to admit it but, as much as I love those Kamuela tomatoes & other Big Isle produce, this has me concerned about our local veggies. Should we be? Could this happen with produce from a commercial garden/farm?
Kalanaka

Irving, TX

#22 Mar 22, 2009
Nice way to bring the GOP into this.

I am 100% organic and vote conservative. The biggest conservationists are not the enviro-kooks but the American Sportsman.

How about stick with the facts.
Kibitzor wrote:
Mr. X, I mean A. Walden, what's your kick with "PESTICDES" (sic)? Is that part of the GOP's "get the environment" thing? There are alternatives, you know, but that would require some reading.
And do you always cook your lettuce? No wonder you're so grumpy. Try a salad sometime, they can be refreshing (and purgative, which it sounds like you could use). All it takes is thorough washing.
Caydie McCumber

San Francisco, CA

#23 Mar 22, 2009
This story has some accurate info on my brother (Graham McCumber) and the disease, but the writer did not do very much resaearch it seems. Not only is Graham out of the coma and can track people with his eyes, but he is doing much more. Graham is smiling and laughing and RESPONDING to people and what they say to him at the appropriate times. This is amazing considering that we were told he would be brain dead. Graham has also begun moving his arms and fingers, giving people the shaka here and there. Also, Graham is breathing on his own, he has not been on a machine for nearly two months now. Although, Graham does have a tube in his throat which he breathes out of, this blocks his vocal chords, but next week they are replacing it with one that does not so he will begin to make noises and start the process of rehab to begin talking again.
This disease is real. It has been devastating for our family. My mother is there with Graham and she is not working. If anybody wants to help I'm sure that donations would be greatly appreciated. Also if the Star Bulletin wants the real story or wants to publish something more accurate I'm sure my mother would be willing to talk.
Thanks

Since: Jan 09

Hilo, HI

#24 Mar 22, 2009
Kalanaka, how about YOU stick with the facts.
kalihihaole

Kailua Kona, HI

#25 Mar 24, 2009
cook your food, stay away from older produce that can hide larvae because of discoloration etc. Zap veggies in the microwave for 30 seconds, use a boiling water bath on your veggies. Not always the best ideas, but what's the alternatives?
Anonymous

Pearl City, HI

#26 Mar 24, 2009
kalihihaole wrote:
cook your food, stay away from older produce that can hide larvae because of discoloration etc. Zap veggies in the microwave for 30 seconds, use a boiling water bath on your veggies. Not always the best ideas, but what's the alternatives?
clorox

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