First round of VHS testing proves negative Published: 26 June, 2006
THE first round of testing for the VHS virus on fish farms within the
Yorkshire Ouse designated area has proved negative.
As a result, the National Control Centre at the Centre for
Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Weymouth has
advised Defra that certain live fish movements to, from and within
the affected area may now be considered upon application to the Fish
Health Inspectorate. Currently only dead fish may be moved from
farms within the affected area, and fish must be gutted before being
moved out of the area.
The Designated Area around the Ouse catchment area is under constant
review and, pending the findings of the on-going epidemiological
investigation, it may be possible to reduce and redefine the area
A second round of testing is currently in progress and results are
expected by mid July.
The live fish movement restriction does not apply to the movement of
ornamental fish to or from pet shops and aquaria.
VHS has no implications for human health.