In 2015, the New Guinea flatworm was seen in Miami. It is an invasive species that can be deadly. New reports out now confirm that this parasite is now in Cape Coral; several of the worms were found in a flowerpot. According to Roy Beckford, an agriculture agent, the flatworms are dark in color and have an orange stripe that runs down the center of their backs.
Image Credit: Wikipedia It is believed that the worms came to the Florida from a shipment that originated in the South Pacific. This parasite can infect mice and rats which may then pass on the infection to human beings.
Image Credit: Wikipedia The result of this infestation can cause diseases of the brain like meningitis. The worms can reproduce quickly and will take over a new area rather quickly. If the worms get into your lungs, symptoms include a terrible cough.
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