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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference — Department of Health plan on rat lungworm disease

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

WHAT:          News Conference

Rising concerns over the recent increase in rat lungworm infections prompted the 2017 Hawai‘i State Legislature to appropriate $1 million ($500,000 over two years) to increase public education and improve the response to this serious parasitic disease. The Department of Health will share the state’s plan to focus on public information and education, epidemiological, and vector control efforts.           


  • Governor David Ige
  • Virginia Pressler, MD, Department of Health
  • Scott Enright, Department of Agriculture
  • Kenton Kramer, PhD, Department of Tropical Medicine, JABSOM,
  • Chair, Joint Task Force to combat rat lungworm disease

WHEN:          Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.     

WHERE:        State Capitol, 5th floor, Governor’s Ceremonial Room



Media Contacts:

Hawaiʻi Department of Health

Janice Okubo

Communications Office

Phone: (808) 586-4445

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]



Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]