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Subject: Fruit fly intercepted in the US spreading in the Middle Eastern region
Date posted: June 04, 2002
The peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata, a serious pest of mango (Mangifera indica), peach (Prunus persica) and guava (Psidium guajava), is native to Southeast Asia and is widespread on the Indian peninsula (including Pakistan). In the 1990's, B. zonata moved west, invading Mauritius, Oman, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and more recently, Egypt and Israel. A few individuals were detected in California (US) in the late 1980's, but were eradicated before they could establish. Currently, the potential for movement of peach fruit fly out of the Middle East is high, given the increased international military presence in the region. In addition, now that this pest is reported from Saudi Arabia, Muslims making their religious pilgrimage to Mecca could be a significant source of infested host material as they leave the country

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