Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties.

Rats and snails in Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough counties tested positive for the rat lungworm parasiteaccording to a study in PLoS ONE by researchers in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Researchers say people and pets can become infected by eating snails, infected frogs and crustaceans, causing potentially fatal meningitis.

Source: Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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