New Guinea Flatworm
As If Cane Toads Aren't Enough...
The non-native and invasive New Guinea flatworm, which can carry the rat lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus cantonensis), is a potential threat to humans and pets and has been found in 40 Florida counties.
If your food were to accidentally come in contact with the mucus of an infected flatworm (perhaps from your vegetable garden), you could potentially contract eosinophilic meningitis. Dogs may contract rat lungworm disease if they ingest a worm. Seek immediate veterinary help if your pet shows any signs of rat lungworm.
As of 2014, the New Guinea Flatworm is listed on the World's Most Invasive Species list, along with the Cane Toad.
Learn More About New Guinea Flatworms
Click the links below for news stories:
"Toxic New Guinea flatworm surfaces in Loxahatchee" featuring Toad Busters owner/operator Jeannine Tilford
WTSP Action 10
"Invasive and potentially deadly flatworm showing up in Tampa Bay"
"Invasive, dangerous worms found in Cape Coral"
"Deadly parasitic New Guinea flatworm spreading through South Florida"
WFLA News Channel 8
"New Guinea Flatworm a threat to pets, people