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Disease confirmed at third Scottish fish farm

The infectious salmon anaemia virus was found within a controlled zone off Shetland

A disease which can kill salmon has been confirmed at a third Scottish fish farm.

The infectious salmon anaemia virus was found within a controlled zone off Shetland, close to two other farms where the disease was first detected in January.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said owners Hjaltland Seafarms will eradicate the fish at the site as soon as possible.

The controlled zone was set up on January 2 after the virus was found at an empty fish farm off Burra, in the south west of the Shetlands. The virus was also suspected at two other sites in the area.

The disease was then confirmed at another local site, also owned by Hjaltland Seafarms, on January 31.

Protection measures will remain to try to stop the virus spreading.

The disease does not affect humans but can cause serious damage to stocks of farmed Atlantic salmon in seawater.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "In line with the Scottish Government's objective of eradication of the outbreak, the farm will be depopulated as soon as practicable."

The movement of fish and equipment has been restricted. Fish health inspectors will continue investigations in the area.

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