Be on the lookout for Screwworms!

The eggs emerge as maggots and feed on the live tissue of animals.



Veterinarians! Be on the lookout for screwworm! 


As you know, a screwworm infestation in the Lower Keys was detected and announced in October of last year. At that time, a joint state and federal eradication program was initiated.


More recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the detection of New World Screwworm in a stray dog that was found in Homestead, Florida. The dog has undergone treatment and is in good health.


It is not uncommon to have additional detections while the eradication program is underway, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and partnering agencies will continue to modify the ongoing eradication program as needed in order to eradicate the New World Screwworm.


It is crucial that the veterinary community and public be on the lookout for suspicious cases of screwworm myiasis. New World Screwworm is a Reportable Disease and all suspected cases should be reported to the State Veterinarian’s Office by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA.


Two attachments have been provided for your information. One is designed specifically for veterinarians and the second is an informational sheet you can provide to clients.


For additional information on screwworm and the ongoing eradication efforts, or to sign up for periodic updates, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website at



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