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Location, Time Changed for Thursday’s Informational Session in Kula for Growers, Landscapers, Gardeners

Always wash produce to remove any stowaway slugs that could carry the rat lungworm parasite. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr.

A change in location was announced by the UH Manoa Cooperative Extension, College of Tropical Agricultural and Human Resources (CTAHR) for the Kula informational session on Rat Lungworm Disease (Angiostrongyliasis) scheduled for this Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The session, which will target growers, landscapers and gardeners, will be held Thursday at the Kula Community Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. A prior announcement stated a different location.

A similar informational session will be held in Central Maui as stated on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the UH Maui College Community Service Building.

Both sessions are being presented by CTAHR and the Maui Farm Bureau and will focus on managing rat, snail and slug populations, as well as inspection and sanitation measures to minimize the spread of Rat Lungworm parasites. Presenters include Cynthia Nazario-Leary, Kylie Wong, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, and Dept. of Health staff. For more information on this meeting, call Kylie or Lynn at ph. 244-3242.

The Department of Health Maui District Health Office will also be holding its scheduled community meeting in Pukalani on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; session begins at 5:30 p.m.

At this two town hall-type meeting, presentations will be given on the Rat Lungworm parasite, current research and measures for controlling slugs, rats and snails; a demonstration on how to wash and care for vegetables and fruits; a personal story of one person’s experience with Rat Lungworm Disease; and Q&A. Presenters include Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang; Dept. of Health staff; and Adam Radford, Manager, Maui Invasive Species Committee. For more information on these meetings, call ph. 984-8201.

Future community meetings on Rat Lungworm Disease will be held in Central Maui and Lahaina in early May and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Local and State agencies participating in the above joint outreach efforts include the Maui District Health Office including Public Health, Vector Control and Environmental Health; the County of Maui; the Office of Mayor Alan M. Arakawa; the Maui County Emergency Management Agency (formerly Civil Defense); the State Dept. of Agriculture; Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC); the Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Cooperative Extension; The Univ. of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR); Univ. of Hawaii-Hilo; the Maui County Farm Bureau; and the Hawaii Farmers Union United.

For general information on Rat Lungworm Disease, visit www.mauiready.org.

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