Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Confirmed in Scotland

28 December 2012, at 12:00am

SCOTLAND, UK - The presence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS) virus has been confirmed in Scotland, UK.

The outbreak has been reported in a group of 9,393 wrasse held in tanks, at the land based aquaculture research unit at the North Atlantic Fisheries College, Scalloway, Shetland.

All the wrasse at the site have been culled voluntarily.

Statutory controls to contain VHS have been placed on the college and fish farm sites linked by movements of wrasse. The controls have been placed to minimise the risk of disease spread.

Marine Scotlands Fish Health Inspectors have been working in Shetland and in other parts of Scotland as part of the investigation and to advise industry on their operations under control arrangements. Marine Scotland has also been investigating the potential source and spread of VHS.