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Big Island: 4 probable cases of rat lungworm infection detected

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four probable cases of rat lungworm infection have surfaced on the Big Island.

The disease, which is normally found in the winter, causes a rare form of meningitis.

According to health specialists, it is difficult to diagnose due to various symptoms including severe headache, nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness and numbness.

A Big Island resident suffered from a severe case of the disease back in 2009, which put him in a coma for three months.

The disease can be contracted by eating leafy green vegetables that may have small slugs on its surface.

Slugs and snails can carry the parasite when they eat feces of rats with the disease.

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