Public Health

Rat Lungworm Disease

Angiostrongyliasis, also known as rat lungworm infection, is a condition that can affect the human brain and nervous system. Learn about how you can protect you and your family from Rat Lungworm Disease.


Please click here to see the Hawaii State Department of Health web page on Rat Lungworm Disease.

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Click here to view Chad Meyer’s Rat Lungworm Community Newsletter

Click here to view or print Educational Activity Book for Kids created by UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Rat Lungworm Working Group. (28 pages, mostly black/white)

Rat Lungworm FAQ – UH Hilo (PDF)  Questions from audience of Rat Lungworm Forum on Nov 9, 2011 at the UH (Hilo) College of Pharmacy. Answers from expert panel.

Poster (legal size, PDF):  What is Rat Lungworm Disease?

See below for Video, Fact Sheets, Journal Articles, and Publications from College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

Food Safety Video (how to wash vegetables and fruits before eating). Video provided by CTAHR, with subtitles by Department of Health, Maui Office.

Fact Sheets/Posters/Brochures (PDFs):

Rat Lung Flier (Poster) (color PDF, 1 page, legal size)

How to Wash and Handle Produce, FDA Flier (color PDF, 4 pages)

Rodent Brochure (color PDF, 2 sides)

Journal Articles (PDFs):

Pathways for Transmission of Angiostrongyliasis and the Risk of Disease Associated With Them

Control Measures for Slug and Snail Hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, with Special Reference to the Semi-slug Parmarion martensi

Effects of Washing Produce Contaminated with the Snail and Slug Hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis with Three Common Household Solutions

For more scientific journal articles, see the very bottom of the HDOH page on Rat Lungworm Disease.

CTAHR Publications (PDFs):

Managing Snails and Slugs to Reduce the Risk of Rat Lungworm Disease

Avoid Contracting Angiostrongyliasis (Rat Lungworm Infection): Wash Fruits and Vegetables Before Eating

Best Food-Safety Practices for Hawai‘i Gardeners (Q & A format)

Best On-Farm Food Safety Practices: Reducing Risks Associated with Rat Lungworm Infection and Human Eosinophilic Meningitis*

Guidelines on Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawai‘i (Rat Lungworm mentioned on pages 26-27 only)

*Image below is from page 2 of CTAHR article “Best On-Farm Food Safety Practices.”


Be Hurricane Ready!

Tips for preparedness:

    1.  Make (or print) a written list of names, addresses, and numbers you may need in an emergency (remember that power may not be available to recharge phones or computers)
      • Update your written list when contact information changes
      • In case you get separated, keep recent printed photos of family members (and pets) with your list
    1.  Make a Family Emergency Plan
      • Plan how you will contact each other (for example, simple text messages sometimes work even when phones donʻt)
      • Decide where you will meet if you can’t meet at home
          • Agree on one location in your neighborhood
          • Agree on an alternate location in case neighborhood is inaccessible
    1.  Make an Emergency Survival Kit
      • A 2-week supply of water and food is recommended (Note: this is increased from previous recommendations)
      • Make a smaller “Grab-and-Go” kit to bring with you if you need to evacuate. See recommendations in the Plan to be Ready workbook.

Print a Plan to be Ready for a preparedness workbook  to get your family ready for an emergency.