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Edinburgh, UK - The presence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS) virus has been confirmed, in a group of 9,393 wrasse held in tanks, at the land based aquaculture research unit at the North Atlantic Fisheries College, Scalloway, Shetland. All the wrasse at the site have been culled voluntarily. Statutory controls to contain VHS have been placed on the college and fish farm sites linked by movements of wrasse. The controls have been placed to minimise the risk of disease spread.
VHS is a disease listed under the European Directive 2006/88 which concerns fish diseases. Atlantic salmon are not listed as a species susceptible to the disease under the European Directive 2006/88.
It does not affect humans and there is no risk to human health.
Marine Scotland's Fish Health Inspectors have been working in Shetland and in other parts of Scotland as part of the investigation and to advise industry on their operations under control arrangements. Marine Scotland has also been investigating the potential source and spread of VHS.