Ten years after plum pox was discovered in Adams County, Pennsylvania acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding declared the state eradicated of the stone fruit disease during a press conference in Biglerville Thursday.

The virus was detected in North America for the first time in 1999 on an Adams County peach tree. Pennsylvania has been clean for the past three years, however, allowing orchard growers and homeowners in the 300-square-mile quarantined area to begin replanting trees.

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