Chilean salmon farm reports suspected ISA case
Chilean salmon farming company AquaChile reported the presence of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in one of its farms in the Aysen region of southern Chile.
The report was filed with Chile’s fisheries regulator, Sernapesca, on Friday, 22 April, the company said in a press release. AquaChile said the positive test came from “one of the 20 cages [in] the Transit Center 2 of neighborhood 21 B” in its Aysen region development, and that it was in the process of re-testing the cages to confirm the presence of the disease.
ISA is a highly contagious, untreatable virus that can cause up to 100 percent mortality of fish stocks in affected farms. It has been found in Europe, as well as North and South America.