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Argentina Improves Oyster Health Monitoring

Lucy Towers
29 May 2013, at 1:00am

ARGENTINA - In order to hopefully meet the requirements of the EU on exported oysters, Argentina is carrying out oyster health sampling along the coast.

Oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are being sampled at various points along the Argentine coast in order to determine any diseases that require "mandatory reporting" to the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

This project is part of the Technical Cooperation Agreement which aims to meet certain requirements of the European Union (EU) which are needed if Argentina wants to export oysters to this market.

Diseases to be monitored are: Ostrae Herpes virus (OsHV-1), Infection with Perkinsus marinus, Infection with Perkinsus olseni and Microcytos mackini.

Necessary diagnostics will be performed through the PCR method and will be coordinated by Mr Raibenberg, Bureau of Aquaculture.

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