After a nearly 50-year absence, flesh-eating screwworms have returned to Florida, making for a dangerous, potentially fatal environment for animals and humans.
According to the USDA, the New World screwworm was detected in Key deer in a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida—which has since been declared an agircultural state of emergency. Screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that feed off of the flesh of living animals.
A narrow ribbon of road linking the Florida Keys with the mainland is the front line in a renewed fight against maggots that can eat livestock and pets alive.
The tiny maggots known as New World screwworm once cost the U.S. livestock industry millions every year
As if Zika virus and Hurricane Matthew aren’t enough, Florida residents are now facing the country’s first local infestation of flesh-eating screwworms in 30 years. Continue reading ? The post Flesh-eating screwworms return to U.S. ...
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...