SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The California Department of Food and Agricultureit established in northern San Diego County to prevent the spread of a citrus disease, officials announced Wednesday.
The bacterial disease, known as Huanglongbing or “citrus greening,” was recently found in two citrus trees on a residential property in Oceanside. The disease is not harmful to people but is deadly to citrus and could be devastating to the county’s citrus industry.
The CDFA declared a quarantine Friday in parts of North County. Since the detection of the citrus disease, the quarantine boundaries have been revised.
The area in which citrus fruit, trees and related plant material may not be moved was expanded from 60 to 68 square miles. The updated quarantine area is bordered on the north by Stagecoach Road at Camp Pendleton; on the south by Tamarack Avenue in Carlsbad; on the west by the Pacific Ocean; and on the east by North Santa Fe Ave in Vista.