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Agricultural Health Authority Responds Quickly to Medfly Presence in Southern Belize

The Mediterranean fruit fly (or Medfly) has been detected in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.   The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) says to quickly eradicate the outbreak, actions such as fruit stripping, ground spraying, and delimitation trapping are underway in southern Belize. BAHA reminds the public that the only way possible for this pest to be present in Belize is if it was brought in on its host illegally, fruits and vegetables, since Belize is the only country in the region that is free of this pest.   It reminds the public the Medfly can be a very detrimental pest if not controlled and if the pest spreads to other areas it can affect fruits for export and can damage the export market for Belize. In addition, the Medfly also causes loss to small entrepreneurs who are unable to sell their fruits locally when areas are placed under quarantine restrictions. BAHA is asking all Belizeans and visitors to respect the law and ensure that fruits or vegetables that are brought into Belize are done so with a valid BAHA import permit.