5/9/2013

The appearance of giant African snails in the Houston area has residents and public health experts concerned about a deadly zoonotic disease. The snails may carry rat lungworms, a type of roundworm the snails are believed to pick up from rat feces. The parasites can cause a potentially deadly form of meningitis in humans, and health officials are urging people to stay away from the snails and thoroughly wash their hands if they touch one.

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