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California newlyweds contract rat lungworm disease in Hawaii honeymoon

A California couple on their honeymoon in Hawaii entered into brain and spinal parasite infects.

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A California couple on their honeymoon in Hawaii entered into brain and spinal parasite infects.

Am Manila, 64, and Eliza Laupe, 57, married in January, Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday. The newlyweds spent two weeks in Hana, but by the time they are set to return to San Francisco, Laupe was already feeling the effects of rat lungworm disease.

“My symptoms began to grow into the feeling as someone taking a hot knife and just stabbing me in various parts of my body,” she told Hawaii News Now.

Manila, a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, spent a month is still in the hospital in rehabilitation.

“I have had several surgeries, two pneumonia, a blood clot. Now, I’m dealing with a kidney problem, which was motivated by the ratlung,” he said.

The couple said they did not know how they contracted the disease. They hope to warn others to take the proper precautions to prevent a similar horrific ordeal. Since 2017, there are six confirmed cases of tat lungworm disease with ties to Maui, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.

The disease affects the brain and spinal cord and is spread by a parasite that infects tats, that can only larvae of the worm in their feces. People can acquire the dreaded disease by eating infected animals, including freshwater shrimp and crabs.

Health officials in Hawaii investigating at least four other possible cases.

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