New World Screwworm infestation in Big Pine Key, Florida

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Sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo credit: Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS.

From the USDA-APHIS website:

The presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Key deer has been confirmed by USDA-APHIS in Big Pine Key, Florida. New World screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that can infest livestock and other warm-blooded animals, including people.

See alert here: USDA Confirms New World Screwworm in Big Pine Key, Florida

 

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Key deer. Photo credit: Marc Averette, creative commons.