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Floridian Killer Worms

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.

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The worm’s scientific name is Platydemus manokwari and unsurprisingly it was first encountered in New Guinea.

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The worms are one of the most destructive invasive species in the world and can devastate any warm ecosystem they encounter if not quarantined quickly.

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As mentioned above the worms carry a number of terrible diseases, and can also infect human lungs with a parasite that causes all sorts of nasty symptoms.

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On top of that their mucus has been known to cause extreme allergic reactions so if you see one, DO NOT TOUCH.

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Normally the worms target snails and other soil dwelling invertebrates with alarming efficiency. This causes devastating ripples all the way to the top of the food chain.

For more information on this terrible invader check out the news story below.

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3 Comments on Floridian Killer Worms

  1. AMANDA SERRANO // October 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm // Reply

    I’ve seen this worm here in broward/coral springs. Didn’t know what it was at the time. Found it in my apartment. Somehow it got tracked in, perhaps by someone’s shoes.

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  2. I think these are popping up in my shower how do you kill them I use cleaners and everything but they still keep coming back could they be coming up through the drain?

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