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Scientists discover PRV virus in B.C. freshwater fish

07/20/12

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Scientists have discovered evidence of a virus in a freshwater sport fish in B.C. linked to a disease with a mortality rate of up to 20 per cent in farmed salmon but a fish pathologist says the link is not necessarily causal and the virus is likely harmless.

Simon Fraser University fish-population statistician Rick Routledge and Stan Proboszcz, a fisheries biologist at the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, found evidence of the piscine reovirus (PRV) in 13 out of 15 cutthroat trout caught in Cultus Lake near Chilliwack, which was confirmed by four different labs.

The virus was linked for the first time two years ago to heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) disease, a disease that has..............


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