Five Martinique municipalities are threatened by citrus canker, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas axonopodis, local news reports say.

The disease was detected for the first time in Martinique in 2014.

According to Wikipedia, citrus canker causes lesions on the leaves, stems, and fruit of citrus trees, including lime, oranges, and grapefruit.

“While not harmful to humans, canker significantly affects the vitality of citrus trees, causing leaves and fruit to drop prematurely; a fruit infected with canker is safe to eat, but too unsightly to be sold,” Wikipedia said.

Martinique 1 Ere has reported that Martinique is the only country in the Caribbean where citrus canker develops.

“Contaminated trees must be destroyed,”  the on line publication noted.