Potentially lethal parasite rat lungworm found throughout Florida

The noodle-like organisms in the center of this photo are adult rat lungworms emerging from the pulmonary artery of a rat. (Source: Science Daily)

Researchers have found rat lungworm, a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties, Science Daily reports.

Clinical signs of infection in adults include headache, stiff neck, fever, vomiting, nausea and paralysis of the face and limbs. The most common symptoms of infection in children are nausea, vomiting and fever.

Be aware of the potential risks associated with eating snails and also raw or undercooked frogs and crustaceans.

For the complete story:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628131625.htm

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