Canada officials: no salmon virus in B.C.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- Canadian government officials say they have not been able to confirm any cases of a deadly infectious salmon virus in British Columbia.
Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia announced last month they had found the influenza-like virus in two juvenile Pacific salmon collected from the province's central coast. It was the first time the virus had been reported on the West Coast of North America.
But officials with several Canadian agencies said Tuesday tests performed of 48 samples collected from the province have all tested negative. They say additional tests on hundreds of samples at the national laboratory also turned up negative.
Infectious salmon anemia has caused losses at Atlantic salmon fish farms in Chile, Maine, New Brunswick and other areas. It does not affect humans.