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The City of Regina removed five trees in 2008 that had Dutch elm disease, including this one in the Lakeview neighbourhood. ((CBC/John Weidlich))

The City of Regina has found an elm tree infected with Dutch elm disease and planned to remove it Monday afternoon.

The tree was found in the Lakeview neighbourhood, one of the city's more established communities with houses that date back to the early 1900s.

According to the city, the infected tree is the first one found with a problem this year.

Last year, five Regina trees were removed because of the disease.

Dutch Elm disease is caused by a fungus blocking water going from the roots to the leaves. The fungus can spread from tree to tree, so infected trees are removed as quickly as possible.