With the concern of rat lungworm making headlines around the state and nation, the Department of Health has issued warnings about the potential of snails and slugs lurking in unsuspected places like garden hoses.
A Facebook post by the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division on Thursday highlights the concern.
“Rat lungworm is a disease transmitted by consuming the larval stage of A. cantonensis worms,” the posts reads. “In Hawai`i, these larval worms can be found in raw or under-cooked snails or slugs. The snails and slugs can sometimes be found on raw produce and even in the garden hose.”
The overall warning? “…Please don’t let your kids drink from the hose.”
For more information on rat lungworm, click here.