OIE: New Outbreak of New World Screwworm

PANAMA - A new outbreak of New World Screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) has been reported to the OIE by Dr Manuel Antonio González Cano, Panama, after an unexpected increase in morbidity and mortality.
calendar icon 23 May 2012
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Affecting a defined zone within the country, New World screwworm is carried by the flesh eating larvae of the Cochliomyia hominivorax (New World screwworm fly).

An epidemiological investigation is carried out on farms within a 5-km-radius of the positive cases with inspection of susceptible animals.

Five per cent coumaphos powder is distributed to be applied on the wounds as well as collection tubes (alcohol 95 per cent) for myiasis sample collection (six tubes).

Movement control measures are implemented through checkpoints (Tortí, Panamá and Agua Fría, Darién).

All animals are inspected and treated.

Sterile flies are released and the dose for eradication is maintained on the affected area (6,000 flies/nautical mile).

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