Suncoast invaded by 2-inch pest

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SUNCOAST – A warning has been issued for New Guinea flatworms spotted in and around the Suncoast. Just the sight of one is sickening, but the New Guinea flatworm could really make you sick.

A University of Florida report said the invasive species can cause real environmental damage, and carry a parasite, called rat lungworm, that can cause a form of meningitis in humans.

Reports of the flatworm are prevalent in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, and Pasco  counties. If you see one, don’t touch it. The best way to kill the two-inch worms is to pour boiling water on them.

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Don Brennan
Don got his start in the television while working in production for the WWE in Connecticut, while also working overnights at WSTC 1400 News Radio. He moved to Florida to pursue a Master’s Degree while working in sales for the Miami Heat. Don got back in to radio after earning his degree by going to work for Sportsradio 560WQAM in Miami. He worked his way up to become a beat reporter for the Florida Marlins, then the Miami Heat, while also covering the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Miami Dolphins. As he worked in radio, he became a reporter for a High School Sports television show on CBS4 in Miami. Don then went into TV full-time as a sports anchor/reporter at ABC 7 in Fort Myers for 4 years, and then at ABC 7 in Sarasota for 10 years. Don began at SNN in July of 2017. When he is not working he enjoys time with his two sons, Trey(13) and Logan(11), and two dogs, Mia and Venus.

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