By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
We reported on the infestation of New World screwworm fly in the Florida Keys and, briefly, on the mainland. The screwworm, once eradicated from the US, mysteriously reappeared and infested the endangered Key deer.
In late April, the USDA announced that the outbreak is over. The agency released millions of sterilized male flies to mate with female flies, which then lay infertile eggs. The outbreak, which lasted only eight months, involved 13 islands in the Keys, plus a small area near Homestead.
Screwworm larvae feed on the flesh of live animals, causing severe wounds and subsequent infections that can kill the host....