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Oyster Herpesvirus Outbreak Confirmed on Devon Farm

Lucy Towers
27 November 2015, at 12:00am

UK - Oyster herpesvirus (OsHV-1 var) has been confirmed in Pacific oysters in the River Teign, Devon.

Following a report from a shellfish farmer on Monday 26 October of unusual mortalities in farmed Pacific (rock) oyster spat (Crassostrea gigas) at a farm site in the River Teign in Devon, a Fish Health Inspector from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) visited the affected site in the Teign on Wednesday 28 October.

Samples taken from the affected site were confirmed as positive for oyster herpesvirus (OsHV-1 µvar), and a new Containment Area Covering the tidal waters within the River Teign has been declared.

In accordance with Commission Regulation 175/2010, movements of shellfish out of the Containment Area covering the River Teign, have been restricted, following the confirmation of oyster herpes virus (OsHV-1 µvar).