New World screwworm officially eradicated from Florida

Nearly 154 million sterile flies released, 16,902 animals inspected and hundreds of hours of surveillance in Keys and on mainland completed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced March 23 the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (NWS) from Florida.

“I want to personally thank our many collaborating partners at the federal, state and local levels,” USDA chief veterinarian Dr. Jack Shere said. “Through their dedication and professionalism, close to 154 million sterile flies have been released, 16,902 animals have been inspected

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