The discovery occurred earlier this month in the Florida Keys, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture detected the New World screwworm, a parasite that lives inside open wounds, in a deer. About 30 deer have been found dead or been euthanized in the last two weeks due to screwworm infections. As a result, the county declared an agricultural state of emergency.
"The screwworm is a potentially devastating animal disease that sends shivers down every ranchers spine," Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said. "It's been more than five decades since the screwworm infested Florida, and I've grown up hearing the horror stories from the last occurrence."
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