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Taiwan steps up measures to contain tilapia lake virus

Officials fear that Taiwan's profitable tilapia industry could be jeopardized if the virus spreads to other parts of the country.

Officials in Taoyuan, Taiwan, have stepped up measures to contain an outbreak of tilapia lake virus (TiLV), which has so far infected seven fish farms in the northern municipality, reports Focus Taiwan.

Taoyuan's Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it has urged tilapia fish farms to purchase their fish fry from reputable suppliers, raise them and observe their condition in isolated ponds for at least two weeks before moving them to regular ponds, and prevent mixing them with fish from unknown origins.

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The department said it has also asked fish farms to maintain good water quality and ensure reasonable stocking density, and to report any abnormal behavior, illness or deaths of their fish to the authorities.

The infected farms, which are all located in Taoyuan's Guangyin District, are banned from transporting any living creatures from their premises for two weeks.

Officials fear that Taiwan's profitable tilapia industry could be jeopardized if the virus spreads to other parts of the country.

Taiwan is the sixth country to report the virus, after Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand.

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