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Screwworm Incident Information for Key deer

The public is asked to report dead, injured, or sick deer by calling the Key Deer Hotline at 305-470-6863, ext. 7.

Total Deceased: 135
Last Screwworm Related Death: January 7, 2017

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National Key Deer Refuge Uses Population Studies to Drive Management Actions (November 24, 2016)

National Key Deer Refuge Established Medication Stations for Backcountry Key Deer Population 
(November 4, 2016)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partnering With Public to Help Save Endangered Key Deer 
(October 31, 2016)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Veterinarians Begin Care for Key Deer with Screwworm (
October 30, 2016)

Building an Ark for the Key Deer (October 29, 2016)

For more information on New World screwworm: 

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida. USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirms this is a local infestation of New World screwworm. This is the first local infestation in the United States in more than 30 years. In response to this infestation, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County, Florida. More information on the screwworm is available at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website. 


Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017
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