APHIS confirms New World screwworm on mainland Florida

New World screwworm found in stray dog near Homestead, Fla. -- the first confirmed discovery of the pest on the mainland.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed Jan. 9 the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Fla. The dog was isolated, his infested wounds were treated and he is now in good health. Federal and state officials have started active surveillance in the area.

APHIS said this is the first confirmed case of New World screwworm on Florida’s mainland. Screwworm was

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