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Emergency Declared After Flesh-Eating Screwworms Found in Florida Keys

The fearsome screwworm is back. Federal officials have identified a small outbreak of the insect, also known as the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax), in a population of deer and possibly some pets in Big Pine Key, Florida. The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that the pest has infected at least three and likely many more key deer, an endangered species that only lives on Big Pine Key and nearby islands.
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