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Hawaiian worm burrows through your brain until it dies
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:12:11 PM »
Yes, I tried to make that subject line as clickbaity as possible. ;D  It's true, though.

ArsTechnica, 5/30/19: Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains

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...The latest known victims—who became infected at different times—bring the state’s 2018 case total to 10 and the 2019 total to five.

While there were 17 confirmed cases in 2017, the state counted only two cases total in the prior decade. The new case counts indicate a sustained boom in the parasite’s population and spread.

The parasitic worm in these cases is the rat lungworm, aka Angiostrongylus cantonensis. ...

Humans are an accidental host, typically infected when they inadvertently eat an infected slug or snail that has slid into their salad fixings or other produce. Officials have blamed the recent boom in human cases, in part, on an explosion of an invasive “semi-slug,” which is particularly good at picking up the parasite.

In humans, young worms make their way to the brain as they would in a rat. But the rambling invaders rarely survive long enough to make it to their final destination in the lungs. Instead, they usually die somewhere in the central nervous system. In some cases, the infection is symptomless and resolves on its own. In others, the worm meanders around the brain, and its presence, movement, and death in the central nervous system all contribute to symptoms. Those can vary wildly but sometimes include headaches, neck stiffness, tingling or pain, low-grade fever, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, the infection can lead to nerve damage, paralysis, coma, and even death. ...

Obviously not a gigantic risk, with only 32 known cases in Hawaii in the past 29 months.  But you should probably avoid eating snails and slugs (intentionally or accidentally) if you're in the state.

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Re: Hawaiian worm burrows through your brain until it dies
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 08:14:20 PM »
But you should probably avoid eating snails and slugs.

There is ZERO chance of that, but thanks for the advice.

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Re: Hawaiian worm burrows through your brain until it dies
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 11:59:31 PM »
Yes, I tried to make that subject line as clickbaity as possible. ;D  It's true, though.

ArsTechnica, 5/30/19: Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains

Obviously not a gigantic risk, with only 32 known cases in Hawaii in the past 29 months.  But you should probably avoid eating snails and slugs (intentionally or accidentally) if you're in the state.

... or in any state???