BKD detected at Yorkshire trout farm Published: 07 July, 2005
MOVEMENT of fish to and from Nidderdale Trout farm, Low Laith, North Yorkshire has been prohibited following detection of Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD). BKD has no implications for human health but can cause large numbers of mortalities in both farmed and wild salmon and trout. It is not widespread in Great Britain and occurs only sporadically but is notifiable under EU law.
A Designated Area Order was issued by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) after routine tests on a trout sample by Fish Health Inspectors detected the disease.
Fish Health Inspectors are currently investigating the source of the outbreak and samples from the suppliers of fingerlings to Nidderdale are undergoing testing.
The clinical signs of the disease include protruding eyes, a swollen abdomen, pale anaemic gills and haemorrhaging at the base of the gills. Anyone suspicious of a possible outbreak of BKD or have noticed signs similar to these, should immediately contact the Fish Health Inspectorate at CEFAS Weymouth.
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