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Crawfish virus might not be as bad as feared

by the Fish Site Editor
28 June 2007, at 1:00am

US - A crawfish virus first detected in May has been confirmed in ponds throughout south Louisiana, but researchers say it might not be as destructive as initially feared.

White spot disease is not harmful to humans but can be deadly to crustaceans, and its presence put crawfish farmers on edge this year when discovered in a pond near Arnaudville.

The disease has now been documented in wild crawfish from the Atchafalaya Basin and in 62 out of 94 ponds with completed test results.

The L-S-U Agricultural Center says tests have confirmed the virus in ponds in 11 parishes, including most of the Acadiana region and Iberville and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Source: KPCL

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