Deadly rat lungworm parasites have found their way into Florida. The parasitic worm relies on snails and rats to complete its life cycle, but don’t let this nematode’s name fool you. This worm can cause meningitis and death in humans who inadvertently consume snails, frogs, or crustaceans harboring the infective parasite.

A study of rats in Florida conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History found the rat lungworm parasite in rats from Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange, and Hillsborough counties, four of the ten countries they tested. It also… more


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