First report of Erwinia amylovora in Slovak Republic
The NPPO of Slovakia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first findings of Erwinia amylovora (EPPO A2 quarantine pest). The first outbreaks of fireblight on the territory of the Slovak Republic were detected in mid-June. These outbreaks were detected at 8 sites in southern Slovakia, mainly in regions bordering Hungary. All cases were trees grown in private gardens. Quince (5 cases), apple tree (2 cases) and pear (1 case) were attacked by the disease. 7 cases were detected in Košice-okolie district (south-eastern Slovakia) and 1 case in Levice district (south-western Slovakia). Emergency phytosanitary measures to eradicate the disease and to hinder any further spread have been taken and monitoring of the infected regions has been intensified as required by the Slovak law currently in force.
The situation of E. amylovora in Slovakia can be described as follows: Present, first detected in June 2003 only in private gardens, 7 cases in Košice-okolie district (south-east) and 1 case in Levice district (south-west), under eradication.
NPPO of Slovakia, 2003-07-03