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USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced the successful eradication of the New World screwworm from Florida, following an outbreak that began last October in the Florida Keys. Screwworms are destructive parasites in livestock and other animals, and had previously been eradicated from the United States in the 1960s. Thanks to all the efforts of APHIS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and local partners, the United States has once again eliminated New World screwworms from our country.
APHIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will continue passive surveillance to ensure any new findings are quickly identified. This surveillance includes veterinarians reporting any suspicious cases, wildlife surveillance, concerned citizens that see suspicious wounds on animals or even on a person, and continued communication with the parks and the National Key Deer Refuge.
Timely Information - USDA Announces Eradication of New World Screwworm in Florida.pdf
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