Legislation pushes new DOH positions, requirements to combat rat lungworm disease

Snails, even as small as the one pictured here, can be carriers of the parasite causing rat lungworm disease. (State Department of Health/Courtesy photo)

Humans can contract rat lungworm disease by eating food contaminated with slugs or snails, or their slime. (Hawaii Department of Health and CDC/Courtesy photo)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island Rep. Richard Creagan and the Hawaii County Council don’t think the Hawaii Department of Health is as serious as it should be about rat lungworm disease.