Thursday, May 24, 2012

Emerging shrimp disease in the Pacific

A new disease is causing significant shrimp death in the Pacific, according to a report released by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA).

The disease, known as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) / Acute Hepato-Pancreatic Necrosis Syndrome or AHPNS is thought to be behind significant losses among shrimp farmers in China (2009), Vietnam (2010), Malaysia (2011) and Thailand (2012). 

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World map depicting Asia Esperanto: Mondmapo bildiganta Azion Español: Ubicación de Asia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The disease affects both P. monodon and P. vannamei and is characterized by mass mortalities (reaching up to 100% in some cases) during the first 20-30 days of culture (poststocking in grow-out ponds). 

Download the  NACA Disease Advisory on EMS for further details about this emerging threat.

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