Eight-Year Plum Pox Quarantine Lifted in Adams County Township
No Virus Detected in Any Area of
Residents in the portion of the township north of Cranberry Road may now plant and sell stone fruit trees, said Wolff. Now, less than 50 square miles of land remain under quarantine, including portions of
Infected fruit may appear deformed or blemished and could drop prematurely from trees, but causes no harm to animals or people who eat the fruit. The virus was discovered in
“I am pleased to lift the quarantine in a portion of
When a quarantine is issued, certain fruit trees in the Prunus species may not be planted within the quarantine zone. Prunus fruit tree species include apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach and plum trees. Ornamental trees and shrubs such as flowering almond and peach trees, purple-leaf plum and sand cherry are also in the Prunus species.
Stone fruit trees in
To rescind a quarantine, there must be three consecutive years of negative survey data.
“For the second consecutive year, no virus has been found in any area of
For more information about the Plum Pox Virus Eradication Program, quarantine details, and the history of the disease, call 717-772-5226 or visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on “Animal and Plant Health,” then “Plum Pox.”
CONTACT: Nicole L. C. Bucher (717) 787-5085
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture