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Statement from Mayor Carlos Gimenez regarding New World Screwworm

MIAMI (January 10, 2017)

Miami-Dade County is working closely with Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the Florida Department of Health, animal health and wildlife officials to keep our community safe from the New World Screwworm. Right now, the infection in Miami-Dade reported by the Department of Agriculture is limited to one stray dog found in the city of Homestead. That dog has been treated and is in good health. 

We have no additional cases in Miami-Dade County at this time, and I intend to devote whatever resources are necessary to keep our community -- including our agriculture and animals -- safe from this parasite.

Although there is no cause for alarm, we ask all residents and visitors to watch their animals closely, especially those with open wounds, and to visit a veterinarian if there are any signs of illness. Potential cases of screwworm can be reported by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352).