If this summer you are planning to go to Hawaii, take note!

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Hawaii’s health department issued new warnings about a parasitic worm that could infest human brains after authorities verified that the infection had been picked up by three more tourists of the island. While you may be determined to have a great there, this squirmy bugger could ruin it!

There were three brand new cases of adults infected with this brain worm while visiting Hawaii Island from the United States mainland. The parasite in this case is the rat lungworm, known as Angiostrongylus cantonensis. The parasitic worm, as its common name indicates, is mainly living in the lungs of the rats, where females lay their eggs.

Nature takes its somewhat revolting course when the rat’s airway gets in touch with the larvae, then swallowed and passed through their digestive system. Snails, slugs and other feces-eating bugs will quickly become intermediate hosts until these infested mollusks are eaten by other rodents.

How to Prevent a Rat Lungworm Infection.

It is hard to diagnose a rat pulmonary infection. Some cases are completely symptomless, and the parasite is not identified by blood tests.


You can get infected by eating food contaminated by the larval stage of A. cantonensis worms. These larval worms can be discovered in raw or undercooked snails or slugs in Hawaii.