Area of Mission quarantined for Citrus Greening

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POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 3:47pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:54am

The City of Mission is warning it's residents about the recent quarantine issued by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension due to recent findings of Citrus Greening in the area of Conway and FM 495.

Citrus Greening is a bacteria only harmful to citrus trees and not dangerous to humans or animals. The disease is transmitted by the Asian citrus insect and once the tree is infected the disease reduces the fruit production and ultimately kills the tree. There is no cure for Citrus Greening but it can be eliminated if detected early.

The affected area is quarantined within an encompassed five mile radius and AgriLife Extension will be in the area randomly inspecting trees.

The symptoms of Citrus Greening with infected trees will be leaves becoming yellowish in color and blotchy, the fruit having an irregular growth and the juice having an unpleasant taste.

The Valley's citrus industry contributes nearly $200 million to the region's economy and a significant number of jobs.

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