Citrus canker restricted area declared around Wanguri
Another citrus canker detection has been made in the Northern Territory, following successful tracing activities by the citrus canker emergency response team.
Authorised citrus canker inspectors have removed the infected plant, and another potted citrus plant on the premise, from the property in Wanguri under strict quarantine conditions.
The infected plant was directly linked to the original infected property. There has been no evidence to suggest that there has been any natural spread of the disease.
This latest identification has resulted in a new restricted area in Wanguri and parts of surrounding suburbs, including movement restrictions for citrus and host plant varieties and their associated material. The restricted area covers a 600 metre radius of the citrus canker detection.
With this latest detection there are now 11 restricted areas in the Northern Territory – 10 in the greater Darwin region and one in Katherine.
Maps of the restricted areas can be viewed and downloaded from the citrus canker page of the department's website.
Citrus canker does not affect human health or animals, and infected fruit remains safe to be consumed.
Reports provided by the public are still the strongest available tool in identifying and eradicating the disease from the Northern Territory.
The community is reminded not to collect samples, move or remove plants themselves, but to call the citrus canker hotline 1800 931 722 to book an appointment with authorised inspectors.
Biosecurity is everybody’s responsibility and we need to work together to help eradicate this disease.
Read more in department’s the media release.