Key Deer Update Jan 9 2017
by Kim on January 9th, 2017

New World Screwworm detected in stray dog in Homestead, FL

Email received January 9, 2017:

​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 for 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 eradication program as needed in order to eradicate the New World screwworm.
 
The screwworm eradication program has been underway since October. In response to this detection, the USDA and FDACS will:
 
Actively search for adult screwworm flies in the area where the dog was found;Canvas the area to search for animals that may be infested;Ask animal shelter and animal health facilities to report potential cases to the state veterinarian; andContinue to provide outreach and educational materials to animal shelters, animal health care facilities and livestock producers, reminding them to report any potential cases to the state veterinarian by calling 800HELPFLA.Anyone who suspects the presence of the New World screwworm should report it by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com, where photos can be uploaded for review by subject matter experts.

Anyone who suspects the presence of the New World screwworm should report it by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or by visitingFreshFromFlorida.com/screwworm, where photos can be uploaded for review by subject matter experts.

 
New Findings of Screwworm

 USDA, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, in Ames Iowa has confirmed sixteen cases of screwworm since infestation was first detected. The information on detections will now also be available at FreshFromFlorida.com/screwworm.
Positive sample #1 collected from a Key deer on Big Pine Key 9/29/16. Confirmed 9/30/16.
Positive sample #2 collected from dog on No Name Key 9/19/16. Confirmed 10/6/16.
Positive sample #3 collected from a pig euthanized on Big Pine Key 10/12/16.
Positive sample #4 collected from a cat on Big Pine Key, Confirmed on 10/19/16.
Positive sample #5 collected from a cat on Big Pine Key, Confirmed on 10/25/16.
Positive sample #6 collected from a Key deer on No Name Key, Confirmed on 10/25/16.
Positive sample #7 collected from a Key deer on Munson Island, Confirmed on 10/27/16.
Positive sample #8 collected from a Key deer on Middle Torch Key, Confirmed on 11/04/16.
Positive sample #9 collected from a dog on Ramrod Key, Confirmed on 11/08/16.
Positive sample #10 collected from a Key deer on Sugarloaf Key, Confirmed on 11/08/16.
Positive sample #11 collected from a raccoon on Big Pine Key, Confirmed on 11/18/16.
Positive sample #12 collected from a Key deer on Big Pine Key, Confirmed on 11/25/16.
Positive Sample #13 collected from a Key deer on No Name Key, Confirmed on 11/25/16
.Positive Sample #14 collected from a Key deer on Munson Island, Confirmed on 12/13/16.
Positive Sample #15 collected from a Key deer on Munson Island, Confirmed on 01/05/17.
Positive Sample #16 collected from a stray dog in Homestead, FL. Confirmed on 01/06/17. The dog has been treated and is in good health.

Report Suspected Cases/Questions
To report a sick or injured Key deer including a suspected screwworm infestation, call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) ext. 7 or 1-305-470-6863 ext. 7.
Residents and visitors who have warm-blooded animals (pets, livestock, etc.) should watch their animals carefully.
See a veterinarian if there are any signs of illness, and report any potential cases of screwworm to 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) or non-Florida residents should call 1-850-410-3800. 
Questions or concerns regarding the New World Screwworm infestation, please contact The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) or, for non-Florida residents, 1-850-410-3800. 


Eradication Program Report
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has been working with wildlife veterinarians to evaluate and select treatments to prevent healthy Key deer from becoming infested by screwworm, and to treat deer in the early stages of infestation.  Deer are being marked with non-toxic paint to identify those who have been treated and treatments will continue until screwworm infestations have subsided.  For more information, please call (305) 470-6863, option 7.The release of sterile flies includes the following Keys: Big Pine Key, Big Torch Key, City of Marathon, Middle Torch Key, Little Torch Key, Cudjoe Key, Ramrod Key, No Name Key, Little Pine Key, Sugarloaf Key, and Summerland Key- To date, fly assessments have been conducted on 40 Keys.  USDA has released over 80 million sterile flies from 25 ground release sites on twelve islands and the city of Marathon.FDACS established an animal health check point at mile marker 106. Travelers moving north with pets, small animals or livestock must stop to get a free check for signs of screwworm. Early detection is key, and this disease can be treated.  To date, 10,202 animals, have been checked at the health check point- 9,430 dogs, 436 cats, 178 chickens, 78 parrots, 13 parakeets, 1 peafowl, 33 horses, 8 sea snails, 7 rabbits, 3 raccoons, 1 snake, 1 ape, 3 rodents, 1 fly, 2 swine, 3 ferrets, 3 lizards, and 2 sugar gliders have had health checks completed at the check point with no signs of screwworm.
In partnership with USDA, FDACS is working on enhanced surveillance in order to determine the spread of the New World Screwworm pest. 
Trade Restrictions
Utah:o   A permit is required for movement of livestock and pets from Monroe County, Florida into Utah http://ag.utah.gov/home/news/631-new-world-screwworm-travel-restrictions.html
·         Georgia:
o   No permit is required.
o   All animals leaving the Screwworm Quarantined Area in the Florida Keys and traveling to Georgia will be required to:
§  Obtain a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI or Health Certificate)
§  Provide the following veterinary statement on the CVI: “The animals listed on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have been examined by me and found to be free of Screwworm”
o   For more information, please visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at: http://agr.georgia.gov/animal-health.aspx
·       Following is a list of U.S. origin commodities and destination countries with import restrictions when screwworm is present in the United States.These restrictions were in place prior to screwworm infestation and are country-specific export veterinary health certificates.
Breeding Cattle - LebanonDairy Cattle – JordanSheep/Goats – Cuba

USDA has already reached out to the countries  that the United States trades with to communicate that the infestation is small, and we have implemented an aggressive eradication program. With this outreach, USDA has sought waivers to allow trade to continue. 
Resources
Don’t take screwworm home with you! Visiting the Keys? The screwworm fly can spread by transportation inside vehicles. On your trip home check your car for flies and remove them before driving home.·         FDACS/USDA screwworm public information poster: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/72468/1913696/screwworm_poster.pdf
Please visit FreshFromFlorida.com to find out more information about the screwworm and sign up for the daily update.  The site has an area where residents can submit photos if they suspect their animals might be infested with screwworm.General Screwworm Information: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/71615/1776580/screwworm_information_general_public.pdfScrewworm Information for Monroe County Health Check Point: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/71617/1776590/screwworm_information_health_check.pdfAPHIS Resource: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/cattle-disease-information/nws 
 
Jenn Meale
Communications Director
Office of Commissioner Adam H. Putnam
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
 
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Tallahassee, Florida 32399
 
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