Piscine Reovirus (PRV) &
Heart & Skeletal Muscle Inflammation
VIDEO: Asking Norway about the Piscine Reovirus
Industry and government deny the piscine reovirus (PRV) is anything to be concerned about, even though this newly introduced, highly infectious virus from Norway has infected over 90% of the salmon farms in BC and is rapidly spreading to BC’s wild salmon. In this video Twyla hops a plane to Norway to find out what scientists there have to say about PRV and it’s effects on salmon.
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Norwegian virus devastating to farmed salmon spreads to BC and Chile: paper published
Piscine reovirus previously reported only in the Atlantic Ocean
The first scientific publication on the occurrence of piscine reovirus outside of Norway was published on July 11 in Virology Journal. Piscine reovirus (PRV) was identified in 2010 as the causative agent of heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) in Norway. This disease, first recognized in Atlantic salmon farms in Norway in 1999, is a condition that weakens salmon, making it difficult for their hearts to pump blood. HSMI is spreading rapidly in Norway. Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farming company, lists HSMI as the second largest cause of death of their fish in their 2012 Annual General Report.
The newly published paper reports piscine reovirus entered British Columbia from Norway in 2007.
In ongoing work, Morton and Kibenge have found PRV in nearly 97% of the farmed salmon tested from BC supermarkets.
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