ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Fyffes bananas are seen for sale inside Rochdale's Morrisons supermarket on January 23, 2017 in Rochdale, England. Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc has over 500 stores in the UK and operates an online home delivery service. Morrisons recently had its best Christmas for seven years after the supermarket chain revamped its premium ranges. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Enjoy bananas while you can, because they might soon be a thing of the past. There is a deadly fungus that has gone from southeast Asia to Latin America, which is the heart of the global banana export market.

As Wired explains, “The Columbian Agricultural Institute announced that it has confirmed that the fungus – a strain of Fusarium oxysporum called Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – has been found in plantations in the north of the country. The country declared a national state of emergency, destroying crops and quarantining plantations in an attempt to avert the spread of the fungus.”

A similar situation occurred with the Gros Michel banana in Latin America before the 1950s. The type currently being affected now are Cavendish bananas.

The TR4 fungus has been found in other countries, including Lebanon, Australia, Israel, and India.

The fungus can easily spread, and it can cause issues for years to come. “Once present in soil, it can stay dormant for years before infecting banana plants through their roots, spreading to the water and nutrient-conducting tissue and starving them of nourishment.”