Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have released a video of interviews with rat lungworm disease survivors.
Susan Jarvi, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy who specializes in rat lungworm disease research, Kay Howe, a graduate student in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program also doing rat lungworm disease research, along with Mark Kimura, affiliate faculty member of the geography department, worked on the 54-minute film.
“Kay and I visited four households with total of six people who have been affected by rat lungworm disease,” says Kimura. “Kay’s son got the disease several years ago and is still trying to recover. We wanted to convey (survivor’s) voices to the community, promote awareness and get enough funding for education and research in order to stop this horrible disease in Hawaiʻi.”
For more rat lungworm disease research and educational activity on Hawaiʻ Island, go to the UH Hilo Stories website.