MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Forestry Commission says deadly laurel wilt disease has been confirmed in a third Alabama county.
It was found in trees along U.S. 43 in southern Greene County. The disease was detected in 2011 in Marengo and Mobile counties.
The commission says the disease was first found in Georgia in 2002. Since then, it has been discovered in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The commission says redbay ambrosia beetles bore into a tree and infect it with the deadly laurel wilt fungus. Then the leaves begin to wilt. The tree usually dies within four to 12 weeks after the initial attack. The mostly commonly affected trees include redbay, swampbay and sassafras.