In 2015, the New Guinea flatworm was seen in Miami. It is an invasive species that can be deadly. New reports out now confirm that this parasite is now in Cape Coral; several of the worms were found in a flowerpot. According to Roy Beckford, an agriculture agent, the flatworms are dark in color and have an orange stripe that runs down the center of their backs.
It is believed that the worms came to the Florida from a shipment that originated in the South Pacific. This parasite can infect mice and rats which may then pass on the infection to human beings.
The result of this infestation can cause diseases of the brain like meningitis. The worms can reproduce quickly and will take over a new area rather quickly. If the worms get into your lungs, symptoms include a terrible cough.