VHS Disease Found At Trout Farm

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 June 2006, at 1:00am

UK - The presence of Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS) has been confirmed at a trout farm in North Yorkshire. VHS is a notifiable disease which affects mainly farmed rainbow trout, and can cause significant fish mortality. Due to the serious nature of VHS, it is standard policy to place controls on entire river catchments on confirmation of the disease. Defra has issued an Order under the Diseases of Fish Act 1937, prohibiting movements of fish to and from the catchment of the River Ouse. Cefas is currently undertaking an epidemiological investigation to determine the source of infection and whether any spread has occurred. Wild and farmed fish are being sampled within the catchment to determine the extent of spread of the infection. The site has been cleared of fish (which have been sent for disposal at an approved rendering plant) and the site is now being prepared for disinfection. Source: