The state has confirmed a third case of crude pulmonary disease in Hawaii Island.
A settlement in eastern Hawaii earlier this month was tested positive for the disease, called angiostrongyliasis, caused by a parasitic roundworm. The health department said the individual may have been infected as early as February, but it could not determine the exact source of infection. The patient was hospitalized and recovered, said the department.
"Diagnosis and treatment of this disease is extremely difficult, especially since there is still much we do not know about the parasite and the disease," said Health Director Bruce Anderson in a press release and added that the state is working to develop clinical guidelines and training for local doctors.
The disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including severe headaches, pain and neurological problems, as well as long-term disability. 1