Atlantic Veterinary College facilities. (Photo Credit: AVC)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a statement clarifying its role in the decision to delist the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) as a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory. The delisting has scientists worried that other labs may now be hesitant to report infectious salmon anaemia (ISA).
In Canada, all suspected cases of ISA must be immediately reported to the CFIA for follow-up investigation and testing. In late 2011, the former OIE reference laboratory at the AVC said it found evidence of ISA.
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