Te Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has issued a release informing that medflies have been detected in the following areas of the country: the Sapodilla Cayes, the dump in the Toledo District, and Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District.
As a result of the medflies detected, eradication activities such as fruit stripping, increase trapping, and chemical control has begun in those areas. The public is asked to refrain from taking fruits such as mango, cocoplum, and sea grapes, outside of those areas to prevent the spread of this pest.
BAHA also reminds the public that Belize is free of the medfly and introductions only occur when people bring medfly host such as fresh fruits and vegetables illegally into the country.
BAHA urges Belizeans to keep the country free of the medfly by obtaining a BAHA permit for any fresh fruit or vegetable importation.