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 
 
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by Kim on November 9th, 2016

Help the Key Deer - Update 11/9/2016

GOOD NEWS!
The number of Key Deer fatalities due to New World Screwworm are decreasing!
 
Key West Citizen reported that the eradication efforts are working!

Fewer fatalities mean we're on the road to recovery! Hooray!!
 

Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Update

Here's an update from my daily email received yesterday afternoon regarding pets traveling:

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.  
o   To date, 3,434 animals have been checked at the health check point- 3,169 dogs, 103 chickens, 122 cats, 13 horses, 19 birds (Parrots), 3 rabbits, 1 ape, 2 raccoons, 1 snake, and 1 rodent  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.

If you're interested in receiving daily updates, visit this page at freshfromflorida.com

VOLUNTEER UPDATE

Volunteers have been administering anti-parasitic medications for the past few weeks. Here are the last two days of updates from the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). Note ZERO fatalities from yesterday's update to today's. Yay!! I'll be going up again one day this week to help out. As always, if you want to ride with me, send me an email. My dear friend, Kadi, rode up with me a few days ago. She helped out a lot by filling out the data sheet for me, spotting the deer in the woods, and carrying the bananas and paint. It's also more fun with friends...

FWS UPDATE THIS MORNING

FWS UPDATE YESTERDAY MORNING

SCREWWORM ERADICATION EFFORTS

STERILE FLY RELEASE

More than 19 million sterile flies have been released  so that the Screwworm flies will breed themselves out of existence in the Florida Keys. This method has been successful for the past 50 years in many parts of the world. Thank you, Panama, for supplying the sterilized pupa. 


This is a fly release container. They have been placed throughout the Screwworm zone. Do Not Disturb these containers! We need the pupa to survive so the sterile males will mate with females. 

WILD DEER MEDICATION EFFORTS

Self-medication stations and game cameras have been set up for the wild deer to minimize human interaction while administering anti-parasitic medications. These stations have been constructed in-house on Big Pine Key. A minimal amount of food for bait is place in the tray, and a topical medication is put into the rollers on the edges along with a non-toxic dye. As the key deer feed on the bait, they receive a dose of medication applied to the neck area.


by Kim on October 28th, 2016

Key Deer/Screwworm Update 10/28

Quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook post 10/28/2016:

​"Screwworm Outbreak Update for October 28:
We are modifying our approach to medicating the Key deer, to be more efficient and accurate in administering doses of anti-parasitic Doramectin to deer once a week. We took a break from most medication for two days, and will begin a neighborhood blitz approach starting on Saturday. Staff and trained volunteers will administer doses using medicated bread in specific neighborhoods each day.

On Thursday, staff did administered doses to 8 male and 19 female Key deer. This brings the total doses administered to 282 males and 431 females, for a total of 713. 

Please continue to call the Key Deer Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 ext. 7. if you see deer that may be infested with screwworm. If caught early, they CAN be cared for! 

On Wednesday 10/27, 2 more Key deer were euthanized due to severe screwworm infestation. The total known deceased Key deer due to screwworm infestation is 119; 116 have been euthanized and 3 were found dead."

Army of Flies

Here's a link to an article in the Miami Herald regarding the millions of sterile flies being released from No Name Key to Cudjoe Key.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article110926622.html

Fly Trap Dilemma

Quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook post 10/28/2016:

"Fly Trap Dilemma: Private fly traps are illegal on National Key Deer Refuge lands. We have noticed several of these in the past couple weeks, on both federal and state lands. People might be doing this to protect themselves or the Key deer from screwworm, but the uptick in noticeable flies is most likely due to the release of millions of the sterile male flies. These same flies are the ones that will ultimately lead to the eradication of the screwworm from the Lower Florida Keys. Sterile males will mate with females, and she'll lay eggs that will never hatch, ultimately, after several life cycles, resulting in the eradication of the screwworm. Please inform your neighbors and please report any you see on federal or state lands in the Lower Keys."


by Kim on October 26th, 2016

Key Deer Update 10/26


***Update 10/26***
quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex on Facebook:

"Screwworm Treatment Update:
Because treatments occur late into the night, these numbers are from Monday, 10/24. Staff and trained volunteers have so far treated 245 male and 346 female Key deer with the antiparasitic Doramectin. On Monday specifically, we treated 69 males and 87 females. Each animal will require weekly treatments to continue to protect them from screwworm.
On Monday, we are happy to report that no additional Key deer had to be euthanized! On Tuesday, 10/25, we did unfortunately have to euthanize 2 animals whose screwworm infestations were so advanced they would not be able to recover. This brings the total deceased Key deer to 117; 114 have been euthanized and 3 were found dead."

I will be going up to help sometime next week, so if you are interested in riding up with me, please email me at [email protected]

Thank you for your concern and your help. -Kim

by Kim on October 22nd, 2016

Endangered Key Deer need our help!

Key Deer are being affected by deadly fly larvae called New World Screwworm.

This page provides links, contact information, and updates for those of you with whom I have connected through Facebook. I am offering to provide transportation via the Up The Keys tour van for volunteers as our schedule allows. 

If you can volunteer to help the Key Deer, you can help save these special endangered creatures.
In an effort to help the Key Deer, I have attended the volunteer training at the Key Deer Refuge and hands-on training in the field on Big Pine Key. Volunteers are being asked to administer anti-parasitic medications to healthy and recently infected Key Deer and to mark them as being treated. In order to do this, we must feed the Key Deer bread soaked with the medication. Contrary to what the National Key Deer Refuge has so strongly emphasized, officials are asking us to feed the deer specific healthy fruits and vegetables to lure them to the lifesaving medicated bread. 

Volunteers for this process will most likely be needed for the next two months. I will post when I am available to offer free transportation to those who want a ride up to Big Pine. ​This will most often be in the early evenings, which is the best time to find the key deer anyway. Please comment below or email me to sign up to ride with me. I will send out an email as soon as I know when I am available. ​

Training consists of a 1-1/2 hour briefing at the Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center and hands-on training in the field around sunset. If I can offer free transport for this, I will.

Contacts

Volunteering: email Park Ranger Kristie Killam [email protected]

About the New World Screwworm: visit Florida Department of Agriculture ​. Sign up on this page to stay up to date on the latest available information.

Free Transportation* via Up The Keys 15-passenger van from Key West/Lower Keys: email Kim [email protected]

Frequently asked questions: National Key Deer Refuge information page
*I am offering free transportation when I have time to go and the Up The Keys van is available.





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