Jun 30, 2013 12:45 PM by katc
Officials say a bacterial disease that only affects citrus plants has been detected for the first time in Louisiana.
State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain's office says the disease, called citrus canker, was found in leaf samples collected from sweet oranges trees growing in City Park in New Orleans.
Strain says the disease has been present in Florida since 1995, but this is the first report of citrus canker found in Louisiana.
Citrus canker causes fruit to drop prematurely and can prevent trees from producing any fruit, but the disease doesn't pose a risk to humans or animals.
Strain says his department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and survey other areas.