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    Australian candidate for the Darwin Awards

    Australian man gravely ill after eating slugs 'for a dare' An Australian man is gravely ill in hospital after eating two slugs as part of a dare.



    The rat lungworm parasite, also known as Angiostrongylus cantonensis, is passed to slugs from rodent droppings

    10:31AM BST 13 May 2010

    Doctors believe that the 21-year-old, who has not been named, contracted the rare rat lungworm parasite from the slugs.

    The disease, which is a type of meningitis, can lead to swelling of the brain and spinal cord and has been known to be fatal.

    The rat lungworm parasite, also known as Angiostrongylus cantonensis, is passed to slugs from rodent droppings. It can also be caught from raw vegetables or fruit which have not been washed properly.

    Doctors said the man told them he had swallowed two slugs from a Sydney garden after a dare, and had then fallen ill.

    He has spent the past month hospital in Sydney, but is expected to survive.



    One relative, who asked not to be named, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the man had spent some time in intensive care.

    "It's a real warning for people not to eat a slug."


    The New South Wales health department said that slugs such as the giant African snail could infect humans with bacteria, viruses and parasites. Symptoms of the disease, which is not infectious, include headaches, a stiff neck, tingling or pain in the skin, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
    I'm so glad they warned us, I was about to lay into a bag of slugs.

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    The problem is, he's not going to die and didn't loose his wedding tackle;which are prerequisites for the darwin award. Though I will admit, he's made an amazing effort

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    I thought drinking round the clock for months on end and fucking prostitutes in Soi Yodsak would be good enough to secure my nomination !

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    What can you say....fucking Australians....and I am Australian...

    let the begin......

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    next, we will have australian politicians calling for a ban on Bear Grylls , Man v's Wild tv show

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    I'm sure it will be allowed to continue with the proviso that you thoroughly wash your slugs before eating them.

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