Eliminating New World Screwworm from the United States: An Interactive Look
February 17, 2017

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the following press release this week on New World Screwworm:

"As we near eradication of New World Screwworm from the Florida Keys, APHIS invites you to take an interactive look at the steps taken to rid the United States of this dangerous pest, and save the Florida Key deer.

"Go to www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/maps/animal-health/screwworm-mapping to view the screwworm story map.

"New World Screwworm is a pest that infests livestock and other mammals with fly larvae and can be fatal. In October of 2016, APHIS' National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed NWS in samples sent from Florida. A reproducing population of NWS had established itself in Key deer, an endangered species in Big Pine Key, Fla. This was the first local infestation in the United States in more than 30 years.

"Since then, USDA, Florida State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have undertaken an aggressive eradication effort against the pest to protect livestock and humans, as well as save the Key deer population."