Disease detected in Queensland prawns
White spot disease has been detected on three prawn farms in south east Queensland. The disease is a highly contagious viral disease of prawns, caused by a white spot syndrome virus.
The disease, and the virus that cause it, are both exotic to Australia, and pose a significant threat to Australia’s crustacean industries.
Australia is one of the few countries in the world with a prawn farming industry that has remained free of white spot disease.
The disease causes prawn mortality but does not pose a threat to human health or food safety. Prawns from these farms will not enter any domestic or international markets, nor will they be processed for human consumption.
The original source of the disease is still being investigated.
This is a timely reminder about the importance of on-farm biosecurity. Aquaculture operators and fishers should report any unusual signs in prawns and other crustaceans.Read more about the response to white spot disease on the Outbreak website