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Parasite Outbreak Threatens Endangered Florida Keys’ Deer

Photo by Flickr/Murray Foubister A Florida Key deer pauses while grazing. An outbreak of screwworm amongst the deer marks the first resurgence of the parasite in the U.S. in over 50 years. An agricultural emergency has been declared in the Florida Keys upon the return of the screwworm, a fly whose larvae feeds on living tissue. The Chicago Tribune reports that on Florida's Big Pine Key and No Name Key, three samples of screwworm have been confirmed in Key deer, an endangered whitetail subspecies.
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