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.