Virus Outbreak in Costa Rican Citrus

Health Services reported the presence of a small outbreak of a plague known as "Yellow Dragon."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The outbreak of the plague known as huanglongbing (HLB) was detected on a farm near the border with Nicaragua.

The State Health Service (SFE), from the Ministry of Agriculture, "announced that it will take urgent preventive measures, such as the establishment of a four-mile cordon around the affected farm to prevent the disease from spreading," says Prensalibre.com.

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Protection Against Citrus Pests and Diseases

May 2013

On May 30 a workshop will be held in Guatemala on the importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries.

From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):

This and other topics will be given in the seminar-workshop entitled "The importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries", which is being organized by the Citrus committee at AGEXPORT.

Playing it Safe with Citrus Pests

March 2013

Given the great threat to citrus fruits posed by the Huanglongbing plague, a project is being planned to strengthen control of the pest and for the implementation of integrated pest management for citrus fruits.

From a statement from the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA):

Pineapple Blight Alert

January 2012

Panama toughens Phytosanitary measures after outbreaks in Brazil and Colombia.

An outbreak of Fusarium guttiforme has blighted pineapple plantations in Brazil and Colombia and has triggered alarm bells in Panama, which has intensified its phytosanitary measures to prevent the entry of disease.

Panama Restricts Entry of Citrus Plants

January 2011

Health authorities have restricted the entry to the country of citrus plants to prevent an outbreak of Huanglongbing.

The recent emergence of the disease in Nicaragua alerted authorities who restricted the entry of plants from the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

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