Queensland Fruit Fly 19.02.15
19 February 2015
- To date, no further fruit flies have been found.
- A field team of more than 90 staff has been deployed into the Controlled Area to set additional fruit fly traps to determine if other flies are present in the area.
- There are 34 pre-existing surveillance programme traps in the A and B Zones.
- Establishment of additional traps in Zone A will be completed today. Placement of additional traps in Zone B has commenced.
- Field teams are also collecting samples of fruit from home gardens and in the area for testing for any evidence of further flies or their eggs or larvae.
- A MPI mobile field laboratory will be in action later today to analyse fruit collected and also inspect any insects found through the trapping.
- The first results from the trapping and fruit analysis are expected tomorrow morning (Friday).
- Whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the Controlled Area.
- Installation of signage on main arterial routes will be completed today, and other signage will be completed over the next 24 hours.
- Special bins for the disposal of fruit and vegetable waste are being delivered to residents in Zone A – the area closest to the location of the fruit fly find.
- Specially marked disposal bins are also being placed in locations in the wider Zone B – out to 1.5km from the find. The locations of these bins will be marked on a map and publicised by MPI.
- KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI as a result of the find.
- We ask for the full cooperation of the public and businesses to comply with the containment rules established by MPI and assist wherever they can.
- To date, no adverse reaction from trading partners.
- KVH is part of the response governance group and will be getting regular updates from MPI.
- KVH will provide regular updates to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.
- Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz