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March 11, 2013

2013-03-11 MP3 file

This is the UH Hilo report. News about people, events and programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

An associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and College of Pharmacy researcher has developed a fun way to teach children about Rat Lungworm Disease. The rare, parasitic infection can cause paralysis, coma or even death, and occurs when a raw snail or slug is consumed through salads or uncooked vegetables.

Dr. Susan Jarvi is distributing a poster and book designed and illustrated by local artist Hopper Sheldon called “The Mystery of Rat Lungworm Disease.” It contains 22 pages of information, coloring, puzzles and clues that are designed to help elementary-age children learn what to look for in their gardens and vegetables and what to do if they spot something suspicious on their food. Jarvi says greater public awareness is essential to reducing the risk of infection.

For more news about the University, visit That’s the UH Hilo Report. I’m Ken Hupp.

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