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Brain-Infecting Parasite Has Now Spread To 5 More Florida Counties

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If you live in (or are taking a trip to) Florida, listen up. You have a new reason to be squeamish around rats and snails—they could be carrying a life-threatening parasite.

A new study found that rat lungworm, a brain-infecting parasite, is spreading throughout the Sunshine State, according to the Huffington Post. Rat lungworm is already present in Louisiana, Texas, and Hawaii, and it could continue to spread throughout the United States.

The parasite, which is carried by rats and snails, can infect the brain and cause meningitis in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can also cause headaches, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, and abnormal sensations. In rare cases, the parasite has caused neurological problems or death. You can become infected if you consume animals or produce exposed to the parasite.

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