USDA Provides Updated “Save Our Citrus” Map to Fight New Threats Against American Citrus

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Agency Hopes to Limit Spread of Serious Citrus Diseases such as Citrus Greening and Citrus Black Spot

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...USDA has updated its Save Our Citrus map to highlight new threatened areas.

The spread of citrus tree diseases such as citrus greening and citrus black spot is an overlooked threat against some of America’s favorite fruits and juices, but one government agency is continuing to explore ways to use the web to fight citrus tree problems. With the arrival of a new year, USDA has updated its Save Our Citrus map to highlight new threatened areas.

According to the website, citrus diseases like citrus greening, citrus canker, citrus black spot and sweet orange scab are often spread when fruits with the disease are moved (often illegally or improperly) to areas that have not yet been exposed.

In 2012, states impacted by one or more of these diseases include California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Beyond America’s lower 48 states, the threat to fruits also extends to several American islands and territories, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Folks in any of the threatened areas should take extra precautions to avoid the further spread of citrus diseases, including easy steps such as keeping homegrown citrus at home, reporting signs of the pest diseases to USDA, and spreading awareness about the problem.

To learn more about USDA’s Save Our Citrus program, visit http://www.saveourcitrus.org or http://www.aphis.usda.gov. To view the updated map and learn exactly which diseases threaten which specific counties in each state and territory, visit saveourcitrus.org/index.php/affected-areas.

About Save Our Citrus: The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently launched an updated “Save Our Citrus” program. Its goal is to inform the nation about what is happening and empower regular people to take easy steps that will make a lasting difference in the fight against citrus disease. The website includes extensive information about each citrus disease, as well as map detailing affected areas, citrus safety tips, links to additional resources, and information about the need to quarantine certain fruits.

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