Scientists find parasite colonizing snails in South Florida

February 27, 2015 6:14 AM

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The study that confirmed the parasite's presence in three of five tested snail species, was prompted by the death of an orangutan who was treated at the University of Florida. The ape became sick after consuming snails infected snails.

The discovery, detailed this week in a study published in the Journal of Parasitology, is rare for the continental United States. The parasite is only known to be established in Hawaii.

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