Potato virus resurfaces in P.E.I.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The debilitating potato wart that plagued the crops of P.E.I. farmers two years ago was confirmed yesterday to have hit another patch of the province.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it didn’t expect its American counterparts to impose any trade limitations or stop the movement of potatoes as a result of the latest discovery. However when the virus was first discovered in P.E.I two years ago, the U.S. was quick to shut its borders to potatoes from the region.

The latest virus was found on Freetown land about 10km from a field that was previously diagnosed with the bacteria.

Officials suspect the virus was transferred from farm equipment that may have been used on the fields in the original occurrence. Other fields have been inspected and all other tests have come in negative.

The field itself has been quarantined and as well, a half kilometre buffer zone has been established to restrict the movement of potatoes and soil from the area.

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