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Oyster Herpesvirus Confirmed in Kent

Lucy Towers
04 September 2015, at 1:00am

UK - An outbreak of Oyster herpesvirus-1 microvariant (OsHV-1 var) has been confirmed in Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) on the north coast of Kent.

There are no implications for human health. The virus only affects Pacific oysters.

OsHV-1 µvar is a virulent viral disease affecting the Pacific oyster, also known as the rock or cupped oyster. This is the only species of shellfish that is currently known to be susceptible to this virus.

Existing statutory controls for OsHV-1 µVar in the area have been reviewed and the pre-existing control area has been expanded.

Consequently, Confirmed Designation Notice CD07/2015 has been withdrawn and replaced by one new designation notice CD14/2015, which now controls the movements of live Pacific oysters into and out of the area.

You must apply to the Fish Health Inspectorate if you want to move any live Pacific oysters into or out of the designated area.

In addition England and Wales continues to have OsHV-1µVar control areas in Essex and Poole Harbour, Dorset.