posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 01:15 AM
Originally posted by Philippines
Originally posted by theone88
Being capable of eating over 500 species of crops! I wonder if Genetically Modified Crops can withstand these monsters... but i doubt it.
I wonder if there is a spray to kill off these snails. And if so what the cost will be.
Lets hope they can get this invasive species before too much damage happens.
(visit the link for the full news article)
I saw you mention they can carry meningitis (which kind?)
Also in the article it says you can eat them. I would eat them too, but only if I knew where the snail was traveling through. If the snail was
munching away in a place with chemical sprays - no way. This could be great for people as a source of food, as long as the snail is chemical free!
As a disclaimer, I have and do collect various kinds of snails that live in the organic rice terraces. The larger ones are quite tasty, though not as
large as the ones in this story.
According tio this link: www.health.gov.tt...
Therefore, citizens are urged to exercise caution so as to avoid contracting the parasite. The parasite can be contracted by:
- eating improperly cooked snail meat
- handling live snails and transferring snail mucus (slime) to eyes, nose and mouth.
- eating food (salad greens) contaminated by snail slime or containing minute snails
- eating raw paratenic hosts (freshwater shrimp, land crabs, frogs) that have eaten infected mollusks
The main symptom of eosinophillic meningitis is severe headache.
Frequent symptoms during the early stage of disease are:
moderate stiffness of the neck and/or back.