Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome Reported

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
7 February 2011, at 12:00am

SOUTH AFRICA - A case of epizootic ulcerative syndrome in South Africa has been reported to the World Animal Health Organisation, OIE.

Information on the outbreak was sent to the OIE by the Chief Director Partnerships, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Food Safety and Biosecurity, in Pretoria, Dr Bothle Michael Modisane last week.

The disease has affected wild fish - bass, bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and cichlid (Cichlidae)- were affected, but in-contact trout in cages in the dam were not affected.

All affected fish were juvenile and difficult to identify, the report says.

The fish were found in a semi-closed fresh water pond and this is the first incidence of the disease to be reported in South Africa.