Jim Rogers (202) 690-4755
USDA PROHIBITS IMPORTS FROM TWO CANADIAN PROVINCES AND INTERSTATE MOVEMENTS FROM EIGHT STATES OF FISH SUSCEPTIBLE TO VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC SEPTICEMIA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued an emergency order today prohibiting the importation of certain species of live fish from two Canadian provinces into the United States and the interstate movement of the same species from the eight states bordering the Great Lakes due to outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).
This action is in response to the rapid spread of VHS in the Great Lakes region and the potential impact on a growing number of fish species. VHS is a destructive pathogen that produces clinical signs in fish including internal hemorrhaging and death. The disease does not pose a risk to people, but it has been found to affect a number of fish species previously not known to be susceptible including baitfish species, Coho salmon and channel catfish.
In addition to prohibiting the importation of certain species of live fish from Ontario and Quebec, Canada, the interstate movement of these species will also be prohibited from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
With the number of the potentially susceptible fish species still growing, new fish species affected by this emergency order will be updated as necessary to prevent the further spread of this disease. For a complete list of live fish included in the emergency order, please visit our Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/aqua/.
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