Health officials in Hawaii are sounding the alarm that they may be seeing an epidemic of “rat lung worm.” As its name implies, it’s a round worm that spends part of its lifecycle in rats, but can also get on locally grown fruits and vegetables when it’s carried by snails. When infecting humans it travels through the blood stream to the brain and causes meningitis, which can be fatal or causes brain damage.
So far they have nine confirmed and three more possible cases on Maui and the big island. They are warning people to properly wash their fruits and vegetables.
I suddenly don’t feel so bad about it snowing here yesterday.