Black worms known to carry human parasites found in Texas

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    A Texas woman made a creepy discovery in her backyard recently when she found a horde of slimy, black worms known to carry a dangerous parasite.

    The “strange looking” worms were feeding on snails and inched their way onto the home’s porch, Marranda Ganucheau told KHOU-TV. An investigation online pointed her to the New Guinea flatworm, which was later confirmed by the Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI).

    The New Guinea flatworm, while not a parasite itself, is known as the host of the Rat Lungworm, a nematode parasite, according to TISI’s website. The parasite originates in rodents and is transferred through the sickened rat's feces, which some snails and worms feed on.

    The parasite could cause eosinophilic meningitis and severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system disease in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts caution people not to touch the worms with their bare hands, and instead use gloves or disposable forceps.

    The species is a [shiny black] nocturnal worm native to New Guinea, according to TISI. They range from 1.6 to 2.6 inches and prey upon snails. It uses a “white pharynx-like feeding tube” to completely drain the snails of fluids.

    "When they are crawling their nose points up like a snout - it's like an ant-eater snout," Ganucheau told the Houston Chronicle. "But then when you go to touch them they go flat [and] they almost look like snot.

    The flatworm was discovered in the continental United States in 2015, in Florida, and has since been confirmed in Texas and Puerto Rico, according to TISI.

    While the species has no known predators, it’s thought to be susceptible to citrus oil and white vinegar mixtures, salt and slug repellant, experts said.
     
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    I love football and bbq but now I'm legit afraid of Texas. Sorry y'all.
     
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    I saw this on the news. Scary stuff if you're infected.

    I have this theory I call convergence. Basically, over time everything that can live someplace on the planet will live there. Hitchhiking on human movement such as commerce is moving little populations of critters all over the globe much faster that normally possible. I'm sure someone has developed the theory more than I have but it makes sense to me.
     
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    Pretty much spot on. Given no barriers and suitable habitat species would just continually spread... now we spread them instead.
     
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    My preferred method of dispatching worms is to drown them. :cool:

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    Worms carrying a human parasite? That must be one huge worm.:4:
     
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    Hopefully not per Agave Worms?

    From Cascadia!
     
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    Just what we need.......another blessed parasite. 20190518_183439.jpg
     
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    Did you know some humans are known to carry parasites that can infect worms ! Now thats scary !
     
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    The issue is that we move those species over barriers they would otherwise not be able to cross, into suitable habitats where no predators coevolved with said species, allowing them to spread unchecked and often ruining the local natural balance.
    Over time such predators will evolve but untill then it'll be mayhem.
     
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    Say what you will, but I haven't seen anything that naturally, actively, preferentially and creatively predates on humans ;) :p

    We must really taste bad to a lot of predators....
     
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    Exactly. In some cases, like Australia, humans introduced species to undo the damage of other species they've introduced. The list is long: cane toads, Asian carp, zebra mussels, snakehead fish, snakes & rats into Hawaii, lionfish into the Carribean, etc. Not to mention smallpox, tularemia, plague (as a weapon or a test) and cholera.

    Fun times ...
     
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    Primary prey are seals and sometimes whales and walruses with humans either secondary or tertiary, simply due to a much larger population of seals up in the Arctic and the relatively scarcity of humans up there ;)
     
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    The list is long to introduced invasive species in Hawaii. We have rat lungworm here from introduced rats and snails(every year people get sick or die from produce that wasn't properly cleaned), I think they just did a study that said 70 percent of snails and slugs here were infected with it. We didn't even have mosquito's here til they were introduced.

    Damn near everything thrives here if it makes it here. There are plants that are just regular office or houseplants that here are invasive species https://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/603/schefflera-actinophylla-octopus-tree/
     
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    5bb16d0c2600003600818d45.jpeg new-guinea-flatworm.jpg
    Photos taken from google. Just in case anyone wanted some nightmares.
     
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