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Subject: Oriental fruit fly quarantine
Date posted: September 07, 2001
The U.S. Department of Agriculture amended its Oriental fruit fly regulations on Sept. 6, 2001 by quarantining a portion of San Bernardino County, Calif., due to the detection of Oriental fruit flies in the area. This emergency action was deemed necessary to prevent the spread of Oriental fruit fly into noninfested areas of the United States. The interstate movement of regulated articles from the quarantined area is restricted.
Recent trapping surveys by inspectors from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and California state and county agencies reveal that a portion of San Bernardino County is infested with the Oriental fruit fly, which is not known to exist anywhere else in the continental United States.
The Oriental fruit fly is a destructive pest of citrus and other types of fruit, nuts, vegetables, and berries. Its short life cycle allows rapid development of serious outbreaks, which can cause severe economic losses. Heavy infestations can cause complete loss of crops.