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Hawaiians urged to wash fruit after six cases of rat lungworm

Maui fresh fruitDuring the last three months, six people were diagnosed with rat lungworm disease.

The rare condition can sometimes cause an even rarer form of meningitis, a severe condition that, when it doesn’t kill the patient, can leave the victim paralyzed.

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Authorities suspect the infection is caused by a new invasive species of semi-slugs which are taking over the Hawaiian island.

When people come into contact with either the molluscs or any fruit or vegetables that the snails touch, they risk getting infected.

To that extent, authorities are urging all Hawaiian residents to thoroughly wash every piece of fresh fruit before consuming it.




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