According to reporting in Market Watch and Xinhua News Agency, Mozambican fish producers are being told to report any potential cases of epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS), or red spot disease, to local authorities. The disease can cause mortalities in some fish species and can cause catastrophic losses on fish farms. In Mozambique specifically, an outbreak could pose a serious threat to regional inland aquaculture operations.
“In case of suspicion of the existence of a possible case of the EUS, the fishermen must send us samples so that we examine them and understand if we are facing that disease or not,” said the Director of the Research and Aquaculture Center Rafael Rafael at a press conference in Maputo.
Though the disease is not deadly to humans, consumers are warned not to eat any fish that have been infected with red spot disease.
“People should not consume animals that are possibly infected by this disease because they can transmit other kinds of bacteria to humans,” said the director.
The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon course
It is vital that fish farm operatives who are responsible for farmed fish are trained in their health and
welfare. This will help to ensure that fish are free from disease and suffering whilst at the same time
promote good productivity and comply with legislation.