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UK Restrictions on VHS Lifted After 2 Years

UK - UK Restrictions in place since May 2006 when viral haemorrhagic septicaemia was first identified have today been lifted.

The United Kingdom originally suspended its approved status for VHS for the whole of Great Britain following the identification of the VHS virus at a single trout farm in North Yorkshire.

The disease was eradicated from the affected fish farm which was subsequently disinfected and fallowed. Statutory controls were put in place on the Greater Ouse river catchment area and a comprehensive disease investigation conducted of farmed and wild fish stocks across the affected area.

Following a two year surveillance programme, which required regular inspection and testing of susceptible species in the affected zone no further evidence for the presence of VHS has been found. After application to the European Commission, Great Britain has regained full VHS freedom status.