Travel Restrictions Announced for Utah Livestock and Pets

The Utah Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that an outbreak of New World Screwworm in Florida means all Utahns traveling to and from Florida with pets or livestock will be required to take extra precautions when returning to Utah. The state’s Veterinarian Office put the travel restrictions in place “to protect the health of the Utah livestock industry and to ensure the safety of animal movement.” Any animals originating from certain areas of Florida will no longer be permitted to enter the state except by permit from the State Veterinarian. Screwworm had been eradicated from the United States in the 1960’s. The screwworm is considered especially dangerous because it feeds on living tissue rather than dead tissues and can infect any warm-blooded animal including humans though human cases are rare.


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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.