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Screwworms Outbreak in Florida: What Pet Parents Need to Know

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.
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