APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine Area in the Encantada Area, Texas

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May 20, 2016

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

To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

Effective April 25, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in the Encantada area of Cameron County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

On April 25, one Mexfly larva was detected and subsequently confirmed in Encantada, Texas. APHIS, in cooperation with Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), is responding to the confirmed detections with the establishment of a new quarantine area, which encompasses approximately 54 square miles of Cameron County. APHIS is working with TDA to respond to this detection following program survey 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 quarantine areas:


For additional information about the Fruit Fly program, please contact National Policy Manager John Stewart at 919-855-7426.

Osama El-Lissy
Deputy Administrator
Plant Protection and Quarantine