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Tips given for avoiding rat lungworm

Rather than shy away from the fresh vegetables that are a vital part of a healthy diet, Big Island residents should instead take precautions to make sure produce is thoroughly washed, health officials say. Making sure food is free of slugs and snails is the best way to stay clear of rat lungworm disease.

CDC report: Hawaii hospitals making progress on infection reduction

Health care-associated infections are a major and often preventable problem. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients in the United States has at least one such infection and about 75,000 people who had hospital-acquired infections died while hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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