Citrus risks unclear from virus ID’d in Tulare | News

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Another incurable disease threatens Kern County’s $1.3 billion citrus industry, this time a virus discovered 34 years ago in Pakistan but never in the Western Hemisphere until its finding in March during routine testing on a residential property in Tulare.

Citrus Yellow Vein Clearing Virus has the potential to cause “significant economic losses to the industry” by stunting tree growth, cutting yields and causing malformed fruit, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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