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Pancreas Disease Detected on Farm in Langfjorden

15 July 2013

NORWAY - Tests by the National Veterinary Institute have confirmed Pancreas Disease (PD) at a Mainestream fish farm in Rivarbukt, Langfjorden, Norway.

The site will be emptied of fish and fallowed for a minimum period of two months.

The site lies at the Long Fjord in Alta.

Only Mainstream Norway has farming activity in this fjord. The nearest farming actor is 24 km away.

PD Reports for Norway in June

Across the whole country, in total for June, 11 new cases of PD (suspected and confirmed) have been reported. Ten of these were in the original PD zones in western Norway, while one case caused SAV2, was north of Hustadvika in Sør-Trøndelag.

During the first half of the 2013, a total of 33 cases were reported, which is almost half compared with 2012 (64 cases).

Since PD was listed, it is only in 2009 that it is registered fewer cases in the first half (29 cases).

It is in the PD zone on the west coast that there has been a strong reduction in the number of new cases, 22 this year compared to 52 in 2012.

Low water temperatures may have affected the relatively few cases but it is also possible that improvements in operational procedures implemented in the aquaculture industry now gives positive results in terms of reduced spread of PD infection.

June and July are usually the months with the highest number of new PD cases.

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