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Rat Lungworm Disease Community Meetings to be Held in Wailuku, Lahaina

Dr. Lorrin Pang (center, standing) talks with Sara Routley, DOH Health Educator, in a standing-room-only crowd gathered for the Hana community meeting on Rat Lungworm Disease held April 6th. Credit: Dept. of Health / Maui District Health Office.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Maui District Health Office announced two community meetings in Wailuku and Lahaina to provide information on safety measures and vector control practices to help prevent Rat Lungworm Disease (Angiostrongyliasis):

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Wailuku

Velma McWayne Santos (Wailuku) Community Center, 395 Waena St., Wailuku

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; session begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • Monday, May 8, 2017: Lahaina

Lahaina Civic Center Social Hall, 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy., Lahaina

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; session begins at 5:30 p.m.

At these two town hall-type meetings, presentations will be given on the Rat Lungworm parasite, current research and measures for controlling slugs, rats and snails; a demonstration on how to wash and care for vegetables and fruits; details on one person’s experience with Rat Lungworm Disease; and Q&A. Presenters include representatives from the State Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office; the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) and the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC).

For questions or more information on the community meetings, call ph. 984-8201.

For information on Rat Lungworm Disease, visit



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