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ST. LUCIA: Banana officials fear virus

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ST LUCIA banana authorities say they are taking measures to prevent the deadly Black Sigatoka diseases from affecting the banana industry on the island.

Banana officials say the Black Sigatoka, a wind-blown virus, has been identified in Grenada. Originally believed to be restricted to Latin America, the disease has shown up in Puerto Rico and in 2004 made its appearance in Trinidad and Tobago.

"This means that the disease is on its way up from Trinidad into Grenada and no sooner it will be headed to the rest of the Windward Islands," said Hilary La Force, the managing director of the Banana Emergency Recovery Unit (BERU).

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