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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Potential Contributions by ARS to a Caribbean Eradication Program

Authors
item Haile, Danel
item Skoda, Steven

Submitted to: IAEA-FAO Planning Meeting on Strategies to Control and Eradicate the New World Screwworm from the Caribbean
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: September 16, 2000
Publication Date: September 16, 2000

Interpretive Summary: The following interpretive summary refers to an invited oral presentation given at the IAEA/FAO sponsored planning meeting 'Strategies to Control and Eradicate the New World Screwworm from the Caribbean', September 2000. Screwworms are severe pests of warm blooded animals wherever they occur in the Western Hemisphere. A successful eradication effort, using the sterile insect technique (SIT), has eliminated screwworms from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America to the Panama Canal. The threat of reintroduction of these pests to eradicated areas behooves that safeguards be established. Eradication and/or control efforts in the Caribbean nations would help ensure against accidental reintroduction. The ARS has long been involved in research on screwworms and support of the eradication efforts. ARS can provide expertise in strain development, trapping and population estimation, genetics, and other research or logistical areas and is prepared to assist future eradication efforts in the Caribbean.

Technical Abstract: The following technical abstract refers to an invited oral presentation given at the IAEA/FAO sponsored planning meeting 'Strategies to Control and Eradicate the New World Screwworm from the Caribbean', September 2000. Screwworms are severe pests of warm blooded animals wherever they occur in the Western Hemisphere. A successful eradication effort, using the sterile insect technique (SIT), has eliminated screwworms from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America to the Panama Canal. The threat of reintroduction of these pests to eradicated areas behooves that safeguards be established. Eradication and/or control efforts in the Caribbean nations would help ensure against accidental reintroduction. The ARS has long been involved in research on screwworms and support of the eradication efforts. ARS can provide expertise in strain development, trapping and population estimation, genetics, and other research or logistical areas and is prepared to assist future eradication efforts in the Caribbean.

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