Oak disease gets out of S. Ore. quarantine zone

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COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) -- State foresters say a disease that kills oak trees has escaped from a quarantine zone along the southern Oregon Coast, raising concerns about timber and nursery businesses.

The World of Coos Bay reports (http://bit.ly/obK3In ) the sudden oak death disease has shown up six miles north of the zone in Curry County in two tan oak trees.

The disease has killed millions of trees in California and was discovered south of Brookings 10 years ago. Oregon is spending millions of dollars trying to stop its spread.

Although it isn't as devastating to them, the pathogen can spread through many plants other than oaks. Timber and nursery businesses fear regulation and limits on their shipments may follow the spread of the disease.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com