White spot disease
White spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans.
The disease has been confirmed in seven prawn farms. The seven infected premises are located on the Logan River. This latest detection confirms that all prawn farms in the region with stock are now infected with the white spot disease virus.
Biosecurity Queensland is treating affected ponds with chlorine and is preparing for decontamination and disposal work. This is expected to take a number of months.
Following the positive test results from wild caught prawns near the mouth of the Logan River in early February no further confirmed positive test results have been received, but more samples are in the process of being tested. Surveillance and sampling in all prawn farms and waterways in the region will continue.
White spot disease does not pose a risk to food safety or people's health.
White spot disease information for prawn farmers
Updates on the current white spot disease outbreak in Queensland and advice on how to prevent a disease incursion on your premises
White spot disease information for recreational and commercial fishers
Movement restriction information for recreation and commercial fishers, using prawns as bait and how to report white spot disease
White spot response information for local residents
Information about gas guns to keep birds away from infected premises
White spot disease information
Find out about white spot disease, how it’s controlled and impacts to the aquaculture industry
White spot disease food safety and information for consumers
Information about eating infected prawns and purchasing prawns from infected premises
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