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FINDINGS AND PROCEEDINGS FROM A RAT LUNGWORM CONFERENCE, held with partial funding through County Council Chair Maile David and the county Department of Research & Development, have been published through Cambridge University Press. The scientific gathering was held in Hilo, assisted by Malama O Puna.
In a resolution for the funding, David explained that "Rat Lungworm is a disease caused by the ingestion of a parasite, often passed from snails or slugs, which can affect the brain and spinal cord and lead to severe headaches, neck stiffness, temporary paralysis, and sometimes even death." She said the Rat Lungworm Disease negatively impacts the local economy due to lack of reliable information available for residents and visitors, which has left many weary of purchasing and consuming locally grown vegetables.
The Informational Briefs publication can be accessed online at http://dspace.lib.hawaii.edu/handle/10790/6170. "On behalf of myself, my staff, and the editors at Parasitology, we are grateful for the opportunity to share this critical scientific information with a broader audience," said the Rat Lungworm expert.
MONTHLY DISCOUNTS FOR INTERNET are offered through Hawai‘i Broadband & Digital Equity Office. Qualified families and individuals can apply for monthly discounts of up to $50 towards broadband service, or up to $75 for households on state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcels.
Also available are one-time discounts for up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating Hawai‘i internet-service providers. Applicants must pay a minimum of $10 toward the purchase.
Hawai‘i households are eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program if one household member: Qualifies for SNAP the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, federal public housing assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit and/or Lifeline programs; receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school breakfast or lunch program; and/or filed for unemployment or PUA, or experienced loss of hours in the last year. To apply, see broadband.hawaii.gov/ebb. The nationwide program is funded by the Federal Communications Commission.