California: CDFA establishes HLB quarantine area in Riverside, San Bernardino

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California: CDFA establishes HLB quarantine area in Riverside, San Bernardino

U.S. federal and Californian state authorities have formally announced the quarantine zones established in response to the recent detection of citrus greening (HLB) in the city of Riverside

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have established a 94-square mile quarantine in portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and have called on local residents to do their part to prevent the disease's spread.

"The quarantine boundaries are on the north, Interstate 10; on the east, Box Springs Mountain Reserve; on the west, Riverside Municipal Airport; and on the south, East Alessandro Boulevard," the CDFA said.

"The quarantine will prohibit the movement of all citrus nursery stock out of the area, while maintaining existing provisions allowing the movement of only commercially cleaned and packed citrus fruit. 

"Any fruit that is not commercially cleaned and packed, including residential citrus, must not be removed from the property on which it is grown, although it may be processed and/or consumed on the premises."

The CDFA highlighted its crews had already removed the infected tree and are in the midst of a treatment program for citrus trees to knock down Asian citrus psyllid infestations within 800 meters of the find site.

"By taking these steps, a critical reservoir of the disease and its vectors will be removed, which is essential to protect the surrounding citrus from this deadly disease," the department said.

HLB quarantine maps for Riverside and San Bernardino counties are available online at:

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