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Two more SoCal counties under quarantine

November 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Two Inland Empire counties are under quarantine to minimize the spread of an insect carried disease that harms citrus.The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the quarantine Tuesday after the Asian citrus psyllid was found in nearby counties.

It can carry a bacterial tree disease that can be fatal to lemon and orange trees.

The quarantine affects more than 2,000 square miles in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Palm Springs area.

So far, about 85-hundred square miles are under quarantine in Southern California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.