San Diego citrus industry taking precautions to avoid dangerous disease
San Diego County’s nearly $115 million citrus industry got a scare this week when officials discovered a tree infected with a citrus greening disease.
San Diego and California officials have set up a 95-square-mile quarantine zone centered on Rancho Bernardo in an effort to see how widespread the local Huanglongbing (HLB) infection is.
“There is no cure. It must be treated and removed,” said Alex Muniz, a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. “And that’s really the only way to eradicate the disease from the tree.”