As if the Zika Virus wasn’t bad enough now Sunshine state residents have to worry about a new threat, and this one is particularly nasty. Last year it was discovered that Southern Florida is infested with a newly introduced invasive specifies of flatworm. The New Guinea Flatworm has recently been spotted throughout Fort Myers, Key West, and Cape Coral. It’s now feared that it’s only a matter of time before it spreads to Orlando and Jacksonville. This is bad news for two reasons: 1) The New Guinea Flatworm is considered one of the most dangerous invasive species in the world and wreaks havoc on any ecosystems it enters and 2) Despite appearing fairly harmless, the worms carry a number of dangerous diseases and parasites that make them a real threat to people.
For more information on this terrible invader check out the news story below.