Investigation into fish ponds infected with TiLV to continue

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-17

Agriculture officials say that they will continue investigating the case of three Taoyuan fish ponds

Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), a deadly fish disease, has been confirmed in several Taoyuan fish ponds. (CNA)

infected with Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV).

Taiwan is the sixth country to report infection with TiLV. Officials conducted tests on several fish ponds in Taoyuan after thousands of fish suddenly died at a local fish farm two weeks ago. The testing confirmed the presence of TiLV. The virus does not affect humans, but it can devastate fish stocks.

For the past two weeks, local agricultural authorities have been monitoring the infected ponds and enforcing a biological quarantine around them.

Earlier in the week, local authorities and the Council of Agriculture took samples from tilapia ponds located in a 3km radius around the infection sites. Test results are expected next week at the earliest.

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