Today we understand how the rat lungworm leads to a condition called angiostrongyliasis or rat lungworm disease. It has the potential to impact the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms could include an intense headache or migraine, tightness of the neck and back, skin tingling or discomfort, discomfort to brightness or light, hallucinations, vomiting and nausea. People can get it from foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, raw or undercooked snails, freshwater prawns, crabs or frogs. All of these may be tainted by an unseen parasite, which is called angiostrongylus cantonensis or rat lungworm. The rat lungworm is identified most often in snails and slugs. However, it has also been found in the flatworms. The worm infects rats, which pass the parasite to snails, slugs, freshwater prawns, crabs and frogs. Then once a person eats these infected consumables, they will become infected too.
Rat Lung Disease
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