Are Apple Snails A Risk To Humans With "rat Lungworm"?

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I was wanting to get some apple snails, but was concerned after hearing that they can transmit rat lungworm to humans. Should this be a worry or is it very unlikely? I would happily stick my hand in a fish tank or pond, which could probably just be as risky.. not sure. Also something to note is I do wash my hands everytime after doing things with the fish tank, just want some reassurance or some advice whether it's a real issue and something to stop me from getting the snails I wanted. Thanks.
 

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they are safe but if u want to breed your fish they will eat the the eggs u dont want that i had them in my bristle nose cat fish tank and lost the male he was in the cave on eegs and the snail got into the cave next day snail and male bn dead if i was u dont take the risk learn from my mistake
 
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they are safe but if u want to breed your fish they will eat the the eggs u dont want that i had them in my bristle nose cat fish tank and lost the male he was in the cave on eegs and the snail got into the cave next day snail and male bn dead if i was u dont take the risk learn from my mistake
Thanks. I was only enquiring purely regarding the diseases they can carry, it would be a snail only tank.
 

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I was wanting to get some apple snails, but was concerned after hearing that they can transmit rat lungworm to humans. Should this be a worry or is it very unlikely? I would happily stick my hand in a fish tank or pond, which could probably just be as risky.. not sure. Also something to note is I do wash my hands everytime after doing things with the fish tank, just want some reassurance or some advice whether it's a real issue and something to stop me from getting the snails I wanted. Thanks.
Invertebrates are highly succeptable to parasites. Wash your hands after handling, and before you eat, and it's fine.
 

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The rat lungworm parasite is associated with Pomacea canaliculata (the giant apple snail), not Pomacea diffusa (spike-topped apple snail). I don’t know where you live, Shaun, but in the United States, only P. diffusa is legal, so I’m not worried.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, canas are legal so long as they do not cross state lines.

I don't worry about it myself. I have no plans to eat them raw! And of course basic sanitary measures like washing hands well after being in tanks apply, but I would be more concerned about catching mycobacterium from the water than lungworm from, well, anything.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, canas are legal so long as they do not cross state lines.

I don't worry about it myself. I have no plans to eat them raw! And of course basic sanitary measures like washing hands well after being in tanks apply, but I would be more concerned about catching mycobacterium from the water than lungworm from, well, anything.
I know it’s illegal to own or sell in California and Texas, but I can’t speak for the rest of the states.
 
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