YES, you got that right! If you see one of these slugs in your house, you should dial 911 immediately! And the reason behind it, ladies and gentlemen, will SHOCK you! Why?! Well, because the infection that this worm spreads can damage the human’s brain and spinal cord. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
I really think that we can all agree on one thing – not all deadly animals look fierce or menacing. Well, to be honest with you, some are difficult to notice at all. So, if you live in Southwest Florida or are planning on visiting the area in the near future, keep an eye out for the New Guinea flatworm.
The New Guinea flatworm – does the name ring any bell?! No? First of all, you should know that the worm is an invasive species that was first spotted in the Miami area in 2015. Since then, they have spread to Cape Coral, where someone discovered one in a flowerpot. Investigators believe that the flatworms reached Florida with produce or other plants that came from the South Pacific. This is very important for you to remember – the New Guinea Flatworm is a dark-colored worm with an orange stripe down its back.
The famous environmental scientist, from Florida, Christopher McVoy, said:
“I first saw one in my driveway… I happened to do a little research and got in touch with a researcher in Paris at the Museum of Natural History and he said, ‘Wow, haven’t seen any that far north.’”
The experts WARN that rats and mice can easily become infected from the worm, and they can spread the infection to humans. When humans catch the infection, it causes damage to the brain and spinal cord. Having any contact at all with one of these worms can be dangerous. The worms can also be a threat to the ecosystem. They can kill many small animals, such as lizards and snails, and they can damage trees, shrubs, and other vegetation. If you live in Southwest Florida and see one of these worms, take pictures and contact the authorities. Researchers are trying to prevent the worms from spreading elsewhere in Florida and the United States.
Sources and References included in this article – Whiz Daily