The Belize Agricultural Health Authority has issued a statement saying that the presence of the Citrus Leprosis virus has been confirmed in Belize’s citrus industry. The BAHA release says that the disease was detected after a farmer in the Maya Centre area of the Stann Creek district reported infected fruit to the Citrus Research and Education Institute back in August. The confirmation of the disease’s presence in Belize came from the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala. BAHA says that in conjunction with the Citrus Research and Education Institute it is also investigating reports of other sites of possible cases of Citrus Leprosis. BAHA is calling on commercial citrus growers and back yard Citrus Growers to report suspected cases to the Authority, Agriculture Extension Officers or to the Citrus Growers Association. BAHA is also asking the general public not to move infected fruits in case of suspicion and also not to visit infected areas, since this is the way that the vector of the disease is spread. BAHA says it will be convening several meetings with growers and industry stakeholders to inform of the situation and will be implementing a containment and eradication plan against this new phytosanitary threat to the citrus industry.