Canada investigates ISA allegations


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
December 4, 2012

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched an investigation into a suspected finding of ISA at a commercial aquaculture facility in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency has placed a quarantine on the facility, and is taking samples for further testing. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at their national reference laboratory in Moncton, New Brunswick. Results are expected within weeks.

If ISA is in fact confirmed, the CFIA will take further disease control actions if warranted and notify the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

At this point, it is too early in the investigation to define the precise measures that would be taken if ISA were confirmed. The response measures taken would depend on a number of factors, including the strain of the virus and biosecurity protocols and procedures at the site location. Any decisions made would be based on sound science.

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