The parasite that causes rat lungworm disease is now endemic in the southeastern United States, and it’s expected to spread northward. There is a long, grim history of infectious diseases crisscrossing the globe aboard giant ships. Explorers looking to set up new colonies carried smallpox, measles, and other deadly viruses with them to distant lands.
MAUI, HI (KHON) — Eight possible cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported in Hawaii and health department officials worry that number could rise. There are four confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui. Two people who got sick live on Maui and two others were visitors to the state, but that tally