September 28, 2007
September 28, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (VS) has reported a new case of new world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Hancock County, Mississippi, found in a small-breed dog imported from Trinidad and Tobago. The occurrence was reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The detection of these screwworm larvae was made earlier this week. The dog has been treated but remains under quarantine. The dog's environment and its transport container are being treated.
This is considered a foreign animal disease. VS will continue to work with Mississippi on the investigation. The last reported case of screwworm in the United States was in 1982.