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California orders spraying after fruit fly discovery

Discovery of a single Mediterranean fruit fly in California'scrop-rich San Joaquin Valley brought swift air attacks with malathion spray Saturday over nine square miles to stop a potential threat to the state's $14 billion agriculture industry.

Officials Friday established an 81-square mile quarantine zone around Stockton, where the live ''Medfly'' was trapped Thursday in a loquat tree in a residential neighborhood. The new find was the first in the state since Nov. 20, 1981.

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