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Agricultural State of Emergency Declared/Screwworms Found In Keys; State Imposes Animal Quarantine (Florida)

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 Cinnamon    28,948

Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam on Monday declared anagricultural state of emergency in Monroe County and the state imposed an animal quarantine from the southern end of Key Largo  to Key West.

"The screwworm is a potentially devastating animal disease that sends shivers down every rancher's spine," Putnam said in a news release. "It's been more than five decades since the screwworm last infested Florida and I've grown up hearing the horror stories from the last occurrence."

Screwworms are fly larvae — or maggots — that can infest warm-blooded animals, including people. The flies lay eggs in an open wound or sore and the larvae feed on the animal's living flesh. Cases in humans are rare.

The infestations can be fatal if not treated. Treatment consists of cleaning the wound and applying a topical pesticide.


This sounds totally disgusting! Maggots eat dead flesh usually, this must be another type of the nasty things. 

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