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 has been found in five Florida counties.
If your food were to accidentally come in contact with the mucus of an infected flatworm, or if you were to directly consume the animal itself, you could potentially contract eosinophilic meningitis.
As of 2014, the New Guinea Flatworm is listed on the World's Most Invasive Species list, along with the Cane Toad.
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August 2, 2017 | WPTV
"Toxic New Guinea flatworm surfaces in Loxahatchee" featuring Toad Busters owner/operator Jeannine Tilford
July 21, 2017 | WTSP Action 10
"Invasive and potentially deadly flatworm showing up in Tampa Bay"
July 28, 2016 | FOX 4
"Invasive, dangerous worms found in Cape Coral"
July 9, 2016 | CBS 12
"Deadly parasitic New Guinea flatworm spreading through South Florida"
July 19, 2017 | Palm Beach Post
"Worm with toxic slime found in Florida"