Meningitis threat: Battle rages to rid Florida of African snails which carry deadly worms | Mail Online

Meningitis threat: Battle rages to rid Florida of African snails which carry deadly worms | Mail Online.

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Threat: Giant African Land Snails like this one can carry thousands of worms which, if ingested, may cause meningitis in humans

Snails carry worms which cause meningitis in humans

Invasive species can grow to 8ins in length and produce up to 300 eggs a month

Latest outbreak first spotted in Florida in September 2011

They may not look very threatening, but an invasion of Giant African Land Snails is causing havoc in parts of Florida. The slimy creatures, which are native to East Africa, cause widespread damage to crops and buildings, while some carry thousands of ‘rat lungworms’ which can cause meningitis if ingested by humans. Government officials battling to stem the tide have collected more than 40,000 of the snails since they were first found in the south of the state late last year.

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Prolific: State officials face a long battle to rid Florida of the fast-breeding snails

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