SART is a multi-agency coordination group consisting of governmental and private entities dedicated to strengthening all-hazard disaster capabilities through partnerships. Florida SART will support an effective and coordinated incident response for the animal and agricultural sectors in the State of Florida.
New World Screwworm infestation in Monroe Co.
For the first time in 50 years, Florida confirmed an infestation of New World Screwworm in Monroe County. The screwworm maggots are devastating to livestock and other warm-blooded animals due to the fact they feed on living flesh. This infestation is primarily impacting the endangered Key deer on Big Pine and No Name Key, but it has been identified in some local pets. To prevent the spread of infected animals, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established an Animal Health checkpoint in Key Largo to inspect animals heading north into the Florida Peninsula. Along with inspection, an outreach program has been established with all the local veterinarians, animal shelters, pet associations, and a myriad of other entities that may come into contact with an infested animal. Those that come into contact with a suspected case of screwworms are asked to call 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) to report the information. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working aggressively to prevent the spread of and to eradicate this invasive pest. Additional information on the New World Screwworm including precautions you can take for yourself and your pets can be found online at www.FreshFromFlorida.com/Screwwrom.
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