Lethal fish virus first found at salmon farm in Washington state
IHN virus was first found on a salmon farm in Bainbridge. (Map: Stock File)
(UNITED STATES, 5/28/2012)
A deadly fish virus has been found for the first time ever in Washington at a Bainbridge salmon farm. All the fish there have been killed and state wildlife experts are on alert for additional outbreaks.
The infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHN) was recently spotted in two British Columbia (BC), Canada fish farms and led to the killing of almost 600,000 fish.
It is believed that the virus spread from BC to the Bainbridge farm.
The virus’s move south to Washington "is a big concern to us," said John Kerwin, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish health supervisor, Kitsap Sun reports.
"Any first time it occurs, you don't fully understand the impact to wild fish," he said. "We know it can impact (farmed) ...