Effective immediately, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is establishing three new quarantine areas and expanding two existing quarantine areas for citrus canker in Cameron County, Texas, to prevent the spread of the disease.
This is necessary as APHIS confirmed the positive identification of citrus canker in citrus trees from residential areas in the Los Fresnos, Bayview and San Jose areas of Cameron County. In addition, APHIS is expanding the quarantine area in the San Benito and Rancho Viejo areas of Cameron County, after additional trees were confirmed positive for citrus canker during routine surveys.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has established an intrastate quarantine area for citrus canker that parallels the federal citrus canker regulatory requirements specified in 7 Code of Federal Regulations.
The establishment of this quarantine area can be found at aphis.usda.gov, which also contains a description of all the current federal citrus canker quarantine areas.
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