Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that his administration is embarking on a two-year campaign aimed at curbing the spread of rat lungworm disease and soothing the public’s jitters over eating local produce.
“We are bringing together local experts from relevant fields to increase public awareness, improve our response activities, and explore ways to control and treat the disease,” Ige said. “They will work together with the joint task force we established last year to step up prevention efforts beyond Hawaii Island, where the first cases were reported.”
The campaign, led by the Hawaii Department of Health, is financed by the funds that the Legislature set aside in May — $500,000 in each of the next two fiscal years — in response to a spike in reported cases of rat lungworm disease. – Civil Beat