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Subject: Black sigatoka outbreak in Australia
Date posted: May 01, 2001
Source: ProMED mail
An outbreak of black sigatoka, a fungal disease of bananas, has been confirmed in northern Queensland, Australia. A 50 km quarantine zone has been established around the area. This is the first report of black sigatoka occurring on a commercial banana plantation, although outbreaks on feral bananas have been reported previously. This disease is considered a significant threat to the region's $200 million banana industry.