Situation of Erwinia amylovora in Latvia in 2013
In Latvia, the presence of Erwinia amylovora (EPPO A2 List) was first confirmed in July 2007. Since then, specific annual surveys have been conducted across the whole country. In 2012, the bacterium was not found. However in 2013, 8 outbreaks were detected in Malus, Pyrus and Crataegus in the following localities: Slampe (all village), Lapmežciems (Engure municipality, in a private garden), Saldus (private garden), Tukums (private garden), Jelgava (private garden and orchard), Dzelzămurs (Lecava municipality, private garden), Aizupe (Ozolkieki municipality, alongside railways). Phytosanitary measures were taken to eradicate the disease and included: destruction by incineration of all infected plants and potential hosts located within a radius of 10 m, disinfection of tools and material used for plant destruction, prohibition to move planting material out of demarcated areas (infected area and buffer zone), and restrictions on the movements of bee hives.
The pest status of Erwinia amylovora in Latvia is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of Latvia (2014-01).