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Friday, January 13, 2017
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New World Screwworm Found on U.S. Mainland, Georgia Animal Movement Requirements Remain
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in a stray dog in Homestead, Florida. This is the first confirmed case of New World screwworm on the U.S. mainland since it was eradicated from the country in the 1960’s.
“The New World Screwworm affects all warm-blooded animals – pets, livestock, wild animals, and in rare cases, can affect humans,” said Georgia State Veterinarian Robert Cobb. “Animal owners and hunters should routinely examine their animals for signs of fly larvae or maggots in wounds.”
In response to the findings, the Georgia Department of Agriculture is affirming the animal movement requirements implemented following the initial detection of screwworm in key deer in the Florida Keys back in September:
All animals leaving the Screwworm Quarantined Area in the Florida Keys with a final destination of Georgia will be required to:
A. Obtain a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI or Health Certificate) &
B. Provide the following veterinary statement on a CVI:
“The animals listed on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have been examined by me and found to be free of Screwworm”
No permit number will be required for entry at this time. The requirements do not apply to animals transiting Georgia without stopping.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture encourages all animal owners to carefully examine their animals and report any signs of Screwworm to 404-656-3667 (8:00-4:30) or online using the Reportable Animal Disease form at https://gdaforms.wufoo.com/forms/georgia-reportable-animal-disease-form/.
For more information, please visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at: http://agr.georgia.gov/animal-health.aspx.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.