TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A horntail snail, an invasive pest common in India, has been found in Miami-Dade County, spurring agriculture officials to start a program to prevent the possible spread of the species, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday.

“The horntail snail is an invasive pest with the potential to cause serious health implications for Floridians,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a prepared statement.

READ MORE: Anti-Semitic Flyers Also Found In Fort Lauderdale, North Miami

“Our Division of Plant Industry and essential industry partners are continuing to monitor this threat and working towards a plan to stop the horntail snail’s spread into other areas of Florida.”

READ MORE: Broward School Board Narrows List Of Candidates For Superintendent Of Schools Job

The department said horntail snails feed on a variety of crops, such as lettuce, beans and yams. It also said the snails can be an “intermediate host” of rat lung worm, which can cause meningitis in humans.

MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Showers Return To South Florida

(©2020 CBS Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The News Service of Florida’s contributed to this report.)