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Fruit fly outbreak declared in West Hindmarsh, Adelaide

Staff Writer |
A fruit fly outbreak has been declared in West Hindmarsh, forcing Biosecurity SA to establish a quarantine zone covering 14 suburbs.

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Infested fruit from the eastern states is believed to be responsible for the discovery of a female Queensland fruit fly, carrying eggs, last Monday.

Biosecurity SA immediately set up a 1.5km outbreak area around the detection point and quarantine restrictions apply. South Australia remains the only mainland state to be fruit fly free, being able to protect the state’s $1.25 billion horticultural industry.

Biosecurity SA executive director Will Zacharin said: “An organic bait spotting program will be undertaken with staff also concentrating on the removal of fallen fruit from properties within the affected 200m outbreak zone area.”

A reporter was told: “The Queensland fruit fly doesn’t normally exist in South Australia and must have been brought in from infested fruit originating from the eastern states. This outbreak, which is the first to occur in South Australia since 2016, has no impact on our fruit fly free status.”

If no further wild flies or larvae are detected, the quarantine in West Hindmarsh will be lifted from March 12.

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