No further Tau flies have been found.
To date the only detection has been the single fly found in an MPI surveillance trap in Manurewa on Thursday 21 January. MPI is now focused on finding if there are any further flies present in the area. A network of lure traps are in place and if any flies are present, the traps will catch them.
Restrictions are in place on the movement of some fruits and vegetables outside of a Controlled Area that extends 1.5km from the location of the fly find. Residents in this Controlled Area are asked to ensure this produce is not moved: pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, capsicum, zucchini, beans, mangoes, eggplant, papaya and passionfruit. Fruit and vegetable waste and green waste can be disposed of in MPI wheelie bins conveniently located throughout the area.
The Sunday 31 January Farmers’ Market, at the Cnr Northcrest Way and Maich Rd, Manurewa, will be running as usual but there will be restrictions in place on the movement of fruit and vegetables that the Tau fly feeds on.
MPI asks those attending the market to look out for MPI information that will be available there. Ministry and AsureQuality staff will also be at the market to provide advice.
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