Suspected fish disease at fish farms in Helgeland

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It is suspected that the fish disease ISA (ILA) spread in a fish farm in Nesna in Helgeland. In the worst case, over a million-salmon must be slaughtered.

– It is clear we are concerned. We take this very seriously, says Lene Borgan from FSA (Mattilsynet) to NRK news.

The suspected infectious is salmon anemia, often called ISA (ILA), found at the plant in Nordnotnet, Nesna municipality.

The suspicion comes after that the plant’s fish health department has taken samples due to increased mortality in the farm and laboratory findings give reason to suspect ISA (ILA).

– When the consequences are so large and extensive as they are then you must take the threat seriously.

Right now, there is currently only a suspicion but we have taken the steps we need for dialogue with the FSA (Mattilsynet), says CEO at Nova Sea, Odd Strom. Nova Sea is one of the companies that runs the facility.

To prevent the spread of infection, the plant imposed restrictions, and fish can no longer be taken out of or into the plant, said the FSA (Mattilsynet).

ISA (ILA) is a serious, contagious viral disease of salmon, but has no impact on public health.

Earlier in October, the ISA(ILA) found in a fish farm in Gildeskål municipality in Northern Norway.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today


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