How does WSSV affect the natural ecosystems?

We have now learned that WSD is a viral infection that affects all types of crustaceans, marine, brackish and freshwater types. It’s a national disaster.

But did you know that control measures may also adversely impact on the environment? It is a huge undertaking, and we hope this doesn’t have detrimental effects on the natural ecosystems.

In the articles below, they mention the use of chlorine as the means to depopulate and disinfect premises. Under normal circumstances, the treated water would be dechlorinated prior to discharge. This is what makes chlorine a commonly used compound – because they’re readily available and cheap, and can be neutralised.

Read news articles –

What are some alternatives that may be useful?
See –

If you suspect a disease on your property, you must report it to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. Further information on white spot disease is available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 421 822 383


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