Official Pest Report

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Detection of Citrus Leprosis Virus in the state of Chiapas, Mexico

Country: Mexico

Title: Detection of Citrus Leprosis Virus in the state of Chiapas, Mexico

Ing. Héctor Sánchez Anguiano, Director de Protección Fitosanitaria. SENASICA/DGSV (


About the detection:

A possible outbreak of citrus leprosis was recently detected at the southeastern Mexican border between the State of Chiapas and the country of Guatemala.

Through diagnostic testing at the molecular virology and biology laboratory of the National Phytosanitary Reference Centre, the Plant Health Directorate confirmed citrus leprosis.

Actions taken: 

Due to the above, in collaboration with the State Government and the Plant Health Local Board of Citrus Growers of Soconusco, an emergency program to eradicate citrus leprosis was implemented. This program consist of eliminating sweet orange plants found in orchards and backyards, the biological control of the mite vector and a massive outreach program.

Posted Date: Sept. 7, 2005, 9 a.m.