A female Mediterranean fruit fly has been found in Southwest Los Angeles, about eight miles west of the area where aerial spraying and other attempts to eradicate the current Medfly infestation have been conducted, Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner Paul Engler said Wednesday.
But Engler said it was not yet determined whether the single fly indicated a spread of the infestation or whether it simply was one carried from the eradication zone in an automobile.
He said the Science Advisory Panel, made up of four experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Department of Food and Agriculture and the University of California, Davis, will offer recommendations today on what action to take.
In the meantime, Engler said, "we're putting out 250 more traps."
"Anytime we find that flies have moved out of an area where we're working," the commissioner said, "it is a cause for additional concern."