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Malepeque disease found in Cape Breton waters

NOVA SCOTIA - A common disease affecting the healthy growth of oysters has been detected in the waters of St. Anns Harbour and Orangedale in Cape Breton, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture announced today.

While there are no human health concerns related to this problem, Malepeque disease is an infection that can cause damage to oyster beds, creating issues for fishermen and oyster farmers.

The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is working with the farmers, fishermen and First Nations, and government agencies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to gather and share information.

Harvesting of oysters for market is continuing because there is no human health risk. All oysters removed for processing are sent to facilities approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Source: CapeBretonPost