A support group meeting for Rat Lungworm Disease survivors is scheduled for Wednesday night on the Big Island.

The meeting will take place at the Kea'au Community Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where healthcare providers will be on hand to talk with survivors and caregivers about things like managing pain.

Rat Lungworm is caused by a parasitic roundworm that affects your brain and spinal cord.

According to the Department of Health, the disease is typically contracted by accidentally eating a snail or slug that is infected.

Statewide, the Department of Health says that six people have been diagnosed with rat lungworm this year, and all are likely from the Big Island.

The best way to prevent the disease is to thoroughly wash fresh fruit and veggies.