Restrictions placed on animals entering GA from FL, flesh-eating screwworms (maggots)

deer

(WJBF) – As an infestation of the new world screwworm (maggots) spreads in the Florida Keys, agriculture officials are trying to keep the parasites out of Georgia.

It can eat animals alive if they become infested.

The Florida Department of Agriculture said new restrictions are being placed on livestock and pets being moved from Florida to Georgia.

A screwworm is the maggot of Cochliomyia blowflies. Here, a sterile male screwworm fly is marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb/U.S. Department of Agriculture
A screwworm is the maggot of Cochliomyia blowflies. Here, a sterile male screwworm fly is marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb/U.S. Department of Agriculture

The release says animals should be carefully examined for signs of screwworm and treated appropriately.

Animals are not permitted to enter Georgia except by special permit issued by the state veterinarian.

Tusklike mandibles protruding from the screwworm larva’s mouth rasp the flesh of living warm-blooded animals. A wound caused by screwworms may contain hundreds of such maggots. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture/via Flickr
Tusklike mandibles protruding from the screwworm larva’s mouth rasp the flesh of living warm-blooded animals. A wound caused by screwworms may contain hundreds of such maggots. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture/via Flickr

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s