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Invasive Species of Snail Spotted
Jul 10, 2015

The Giant African Land Snail (GALS), listed as one of the world’s 100 most invasive species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, was spotted on the campus of Goa University at Taleigao. This species is one of the most damaging land snails in the world. This looks like a silent biological warfare against the local flora. If these snails multiply, there will be a threat to agro-horticulture and public health since they act as a vector of human diseases like Eosinophilic Meningitis, which is caused by Angiostrongylus Cantonensis, a parasite that nematode commonly resides in the pulmonary arteries of rats. The parasite is passed on to humans through eating raw or improperly cooked snails or freshwater prawns. 


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