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Tilapia lake virus hits six fish farms in Taoyuan

2017/06/17 18:39:05

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Three more fish farms in Taoyuan were confirmed Saturday to have been infected with the tilapia lake virus (TiLV), bringing the total number to six since the virus was first reported in the city four days ago, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

All six infected fish farms are in the city's Guangyin District, according to COA Deputy Minister Huang Jin-cheng (黃金城).

As to the 12 fish farms in southern Taiwan that were tested, 11 tested negative for the disease, with the results of the last one still unknown, Huang said.

The results indicated that the virus is confined to Taoyuan and has not spread to other parts of Taiwan, the COA said.

Meanwhile, Chen Ying-hao (陳英豪), head of Taoyuan's Animal Protection Office, said his office will complete inspections of all tilapia farms within three kilometers of the first infected site next week at the earliest.

The infected farms are banned from transporting any living creatures from their premises for two weeks, he said.

Taiwan is the sixth country to report the presence of TiLV, after Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand.

The virus only infects tilapia, and there is no risk of it being passed on to humans.

The disease is incurable and is listed as a major infectious disease by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

(By Wu Jui-chi, Chiu Chun-chin and Y.F. Low)