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Subject: Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, potential vector of human pathogens
Date posted: August 05, 2005
Source: Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, is one of the greatest economic pests of fruit worldwide.  Adult flies require a protein food source in order to develop eggs, which may include animal excrement.  A laboratory study, which investigated the possibility of C. capitata transmission of Escherichia coli to intact apples, found that the Mediterranean fruit fly is a potential vector of human pathogens to fruit and unpasteurized fruit juices.


PAS editors note: The content of this story is outside of the Phytosanitary Alert System’s typical focus; however since it involved such an important plant pest we felt the information was worth sharing to our readers.   


For the full article:

Sela, S., D. Nestel, R. Pinto, E. Nemny-Lavy, and M. Bar-Joseph.  2005.  Mediterranean Fruit Fly as a Potential Vector of Bacterial Pathogens.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  71(7): 4052-4056.