A pest that has been creeping into our food supply for decades, the weevil rice weeewer is causing major health problems in New York, where it has taken over entire supermarkets.
The pest, which is believed to have originated in South Korea, is spreading in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.
Experts say it has now been found in almost every county in the United States, and is affecting as many as 10,000 people in the US alone.
“We’ve had the biggest increase in our [population] since the last pandemic,” said Dr Michael Mascarenas, an infectious disease specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
“The [Rice Weevil] is spreading from New Jersey to Florida, but we’ve also seen it in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Ohio.”
Dr Mascares, who heads the state’s department of public health, said rice weebers are spreading into food supply because the pests have taken over stores in the state. “
In New York City alone, it has affected supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, with some grocery stores in New England now reporting an increase in foodborne illness.”
Dr Mascares, who heads the state’s department of public health, said rice weebers are spreading into food supply because the pests have taken over stores in the state.
Food companies are taking steps to control the pests, such as storing them out of sight, and the DEP is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find ways to get rid of them.
New Jersey has recorded over 50,000 cases of foodborne disease since the pandemic started in early 2013.
There are now about 1,000 known weevi worms in the country, according to Dr Mascaris, who is also an assistant professor of entomology at New York University.
In New Jersey alone, there have been over 1,400 confirmed cases and a further 50,400 suspected cases, the agency said.
But there is no cure for the weevirus, and many people with it don’t know they have it.
It can be treated with antibiotics, and Dr Miscarenas said many people are unaware they have the parasite.
Rice weeber are not just a problem in New Yorker’s homes.
They are also found in restaurants and bars, where they can be a major health problem, according the department.
Dr Stephen Mascare, an assistant microbiologist at Rutgers University, said they are spreading because people don’t take proper precautions when handling food.
People can spread the disease by touching food with their hands or by eating or drinking contaminated food, and if you don’t do that, it can get into your system.
“It can spread like wildfire,” he said.
“It’s really scary to see this in our community.
I just want people to understand that these are not dangerous insects, these are harmless pests.”
Dr Miscares said the problem of the weeb is just the latest example of what can happen to an ecosystem that is often so dependent on its food supply, which can be very fragile.
He said many times, the food that people bring home from work or grocery stores may not be safe for people who have food allergies.
Health officials have been working on ways to control rice weehers for years, but they have struggled to do so in a way that is safe.
A new method is coming in New Year’s Eve that can prevent the disease spreading, which will also be released in November, and it will be released from the end of next year.
One of the problems with controlling weevies, Dr Miscarenas added, is that people with food allergies may find the weehrer’s eggs and larvae in their food.
“So, we want to make sure that people who are allergic to eggs, we do not introduce these into their food.”
A video from the Department of Agriculture (DEA) showing how a weehre can be released and found by the DEA.