No confirmed cases of ISA in BC

11 Nov 2011

There have been no confirmed cases of infectious salmon anaemia in wild or farmed salmon in British Columbia.

Analysis conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in close collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Province of British Columbia and the Atlantic Veterinary College, has reached this result.

Testing in support of this investigation has been ongoing since mid-October, when a laboratory at the Atlantic Veterinary College reported that it had detected the virus.

DFO has tested all 48 samples received as part of the original reports and the results are all negative for the virus. These results are consistent with the findings of an independent laboratory in Norway, which also tested samples associated with this investigation and provided a report to the CFIA.

Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Keith Ashfield said, “Our government takes the health of our fisheries very seriously. We have taken appropriate and immediate action to follow up on the allegations of the presence of ISA in BC waters. We can now confirm that, preliminary analysis, using proper and internationally recognised procedures, has found that none of the samples has tested positive for ISA.”

Additional testing continues and results will be provided when ready.

As part of the investigation, the CFIA and DFO are also looking at how the samples were collected, handled, transported and stored.

In recent years, over 5,000 wild and farmed salmon in BC have been tested by the Federal Government and the Province of BC and none have ever tested positive for the disease.

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