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Perkinsus Olseni Reported in New Zealand Scallops

Lucy Towers
23 December 2014, at 12:00am

NEW ZEALAND - An outbreak of infection with perkinsus olseni has been detected in wild New Zealand scallops.

An investigation into scallop health in the Marlborough Sounds performed by the Ministry for Primary Industries identified an incidental finding of the protozoan parasite Perkinsus olseni.

The notification is based on New Zealand’s national Animal Health Laboratory verifying the presence of Perkinsus by histopathology and confirming P. olseni via conventional PCR and sequencing.

This is the first detection of Perkinsus olseni in New Zealand Scallops (Pecten Novaezealandiae).

In total, 12 cases were reported.