APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

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April 10, 2017


Subject:     APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

To:             State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

Effective March 10, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine in the Palmview area of Hidalgo County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection, and subsequent confirmation, of one mated female Mexfly adult in the Palmview area of Texas. In cooperation with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), APHIS is responding to this confirmed detection with the establishment of a new quarantine area, which encompasses approximately 59 square miles of Hidalgo County. APHIS is working with TDA to respond to this detection following program survey, quarantine, and treatment protocols. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States.

The establishment of this quarantine area is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of all the current federal fruit fly regulated areas:



 For additional information on the Mexfly quarantine area, please contact National Fruit Fly Policy Manager John Stewart

 at 919-855-7426.


Osama El-Lissy

Deputy Administrator

Plant Protection and Quarantine