EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2019 Num. article: 2019/212

Eradication of Plum pox virus from the USA

On 2019-10-17, USDA officially declared Plum pox virus (EPPO A2 List) eradicated from the USA (USDA, 2019; NAPPO, 2019). The disease was first detected in Pennsylvania in 1999. It was found in Michigan and New York in 2006 (EPPO RS 2002/020, RS 2006/140). The disease was eradicated from Pennsylvania and Michigan in 2009 and western New York in 2012. By the end of 2018, three consecutive years of stone fruit field surveys in eastern New York were completed with no further detections.

The pest status of Plum pox virus in the USA is officially declared as: Absent, pest eradicated.


NAPPO Phytosanitary Alert System – Official Pest Reports. Plum pox virus: APHIS removes regulated areas in Orange and Ulster counties, New York (2019-10-18) https://www.pestalerts.org/official-pest-report/plum-pox-virus-aphis-removes-regulated-areas-orange-and-ulster-counties-new 

USDA (2019) USDA declares United States free from Plum pox virus. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/news/sa_by_date/sa-2019/plum-pox-declaration