Animals in Florida, especially deer are dying due to screwworm infestation. A parasite that has been long gone returned to Florida and it is killing the animals. This parasite known as screwworm is a dangerous one.
Despite the fact that it hasn’t been seen in the last 40 years in the US, the parasite returned to Florida and it’s causing a lot of harm to the animals there, especially the Key deer. A lot of deer already died from the outbreak that occurred two months ago. The state officials mentioned that the situation is going to be controlled soon enough.
In July many deer presented symptoms that were similar to the ones caused by the parasite. The presence of this parasite was confirmed after 2 months, in September. This parasite can cause a lot of harm to all the animals in that area and it needs to be controlled.
Experts mentioned that this is a reminder of how hard it is to stop the diseases from spreading around the world while the global trade and travel is limitless. The commissioner of agriculture from Florida mentioned that the fact that people are coming and going in and out of Florida has caused this infestation.
The screwworm infestation first affected one of the most sensitive animals there: the Key deer. This animal is a species in danger and there are less than 850 animals left. Almost 20 animals were killed between July and September.
The infestation was also found in a dog, two cats, and a pig. The screwworm might affect animals from farms and ranches. This infestation is unusual and it’s causing a lot of harm. This affects the livestock.
This is not the first time this type of infestation caused a lot of damage in the US. Between 1930 and 1950 more than $20 million were lost every year because of screwworm infestation. Since the infestation was gone people have been trying to keep the screwworm out of the country.
Let’s hope that this infestation is going to be under control in the near future and that no more animals die. This infestation puts in danger the lives of animals and it should be stopped as soon as possible.
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