Climate Change’s Latest Gift: A Deadly Brain-Invading Worm Spreading Across Florida, Other States

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The rat lungworrm can invade human brains, the only thing that makes this worse is snails.

In Florida, there is a growing worry to add to Zika infested mosquitoes, invasive giant snakes making mean hybrids, and poisonous lionfish stabbing divers. The deadly, subtropical nematode known as the rat lungworm (A. cantonensis) has been found in 5 counties in Florida. When ingested by humans the worm is known to invade the brain, causing infection and even leading to death.

The reason, according to scientists, that this worm has spread from its normal subtropical areas like Hawaii, and moved to the Southern states, appears to be — you guessed it — climate change

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