HR County Remains Under Xylella Fastidiosa Quarantine

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has released seven counties from an emergency quarantine restricting shipments of plants susceptible to a bacterial disease caused by Xylella fastidiosa, but Hood River County remains under the quarantine.  Results from samples taken in a recently completed survey for the disease in Hood River County are still pending, and movement.  Based on results of the survey, Benton, Jackson, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, and Yamhill counties are free of the pathogen and are released from the quarantine, while Washington County is also released from the quarantine despite the presence of Xylella fastidiosa in a single location, with the affected grower entering into a compliance agreement with to eliminate the pathogen.  Linn County, the site of the original detection of the disease, remains in quarantine.  Movement of pears from Linn and Hood River counties remains restricted under the emergency quarantine, adopted in November 2015 in response to a confirmed detection of Xylella fastidiosa in pear trees from a single location in Linn County.  Potentially infected pears were shipped into eight other counties from that location.  Under the quarantine requirements, no pear trees could be shipped intrastate from those counties until the survey had been conducted.

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