Cermaq salmon farm in Chile tests positive for ISA

Published on
December 20, 2016

The Chilean Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has confirmed its detection of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus at a Cermaq salmon farm in Aysén, Chile.

The virus was discovered in a cage in the Aldunate farming center following an inspection under Sernapescaa’s ISA Surveillance and Control Program. A laboratory analysis identified the viral strain as the HPR 7B variant of the ISA virus.

The farm, which is operated by Cermaq Chile, a branch of the Norwegian salmon farming company Cermaq, will harvest all salmon in the affected cage, and measures have been put in place to safeguard against the spread of the virus, Sernapesca said.

In addition, Sernapesca is performing a follow-up at the Aldunate center in order to determine the virus’ origin, National Subdirector of Aquaculture Alicia Gallardo said.

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