Claude Knighten (301) 734-5271
USDA DECLARES EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY IN MICHIGAN AND NEW YORK DUE TO PLUM POX VIRUS
UPDATE: The declaration of extraordinary emergency became effective Friday, May 18.
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007--Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today declared an extraordinary emergency in Michigan and New York and made funds available on a cost-share basis to assist with plum pox virus (PPV) eradication efforts in both states.
Plum pox strain D, which is the strain detected in both states, is a serious viral disease of stone fruit that first appeared in the United States in Pennsylvania in October 1999. USDA has worked cooperatively with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to eradicate the disease there, and today, the area under quarantine is less than 100 square miles, down from 260 square miles at the height of the outbreak.
Notice of this action is scheduled for publication in the May 23 Federal Register.
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