hawaii's "fire ant" eye epidemic

We are currently working with Big Island veterinarians to get tissue samples to send to the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW), which is an internationally recognized authority on veterinary eye disease.  


Meanwhile, we are trying to get some official recognition that there is indeed an epidemic of this disease in Puna and East Hawaii.  It seems there is no official government agency that issues such statements for pets.  The Hawaii Department of Agriculture Animal Branch is concerned with livestock, and the Federal government APHIS is concerned with livestock and diseases that spread to humans.  It seems pets fall in the cracks in the system.  So we are attempting to announce this epidemic ourselves.  We believe people moving to Hawaii should know about this epidemic, so they can protect their animals.