(Nov. 2) For the first time in eight years, no new cases of plum pox virus were uncovered during samplings of more than 230,000 stone fruit trees in six Pennsylvania counties, according to a news release from state agriculture secretary Dennis Wolff.

"We have a strong and effective plum pox virus eradication program in Pennsylvania, and these test results are evidence that it is working," Wolff said, in the release.

Quarantines were lifted in three areas but remain in effect in parts of Adams and Cumberland counties. Plum pox decreases fruit production, and infected fruit may appear deformed or blemished, the release said.