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Spring Viraemia Of Carp Outbreak Reported

by the Fish Site Editor
17 June 2011, at 1:00am

UK - Chief Veterinary Officer for Defra, Dr Nigel Gibbens, has reported to OIE a case of Spring Viraemia of carp in Northamptonshire.

The first outbreak was reported at the recreational lakes of Crockwell Farm Fishery, Banbury, Northamptonshire on the 12 June.

Spring Viraemia of carp is a contagious viral disease often leading to death. The key signs tend to be popeye, pale gills, dark body colouration and a swollen abdomen.

The outbreak has killed 100 fish, 10 per cent of the fish population on the farm.

The fishery is situated in a terrestrial farm and consists of two lakes, which were dug and stocked 20 years ago. The land immediately adjacent to the fishery is arable and the fishery lakes are not connected to any online natural water.

The site is being assessed to determine if it is suitable for a complete stock cull so that teh lakes can be drained and disinfected to eradicate the disease.

So far, this is the only reported outbreak , the source of which is unknown.

the Fish Site Editor