Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease,
Chinese Taipei
Information received on 05/03/2019 from Dr Wen-Jane Tu, Chief Veterinary Officer, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 25/11/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 04/03/2019
Report date 04/03/2019
Date submitted to OIE 05/03/2019
Date event resolved 20/01/2019
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Vibrio parahaemolyticus
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (04/03/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (25/03/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (Taitung County) Taimali Township, Taitung County
Date of start of the outbreak 25/11/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (20/01/2019)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Water type Brackish water
Population type Farmed
Production system Semi-closed
Affected animals
Species Morbidity Mortality Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Whiteleg Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) 2.5 % 1.25 % 400000 10000 5000 5000 390000
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Whiteleg Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) 400000 10000 5000 5000 390000
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Whiteleg Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) 2.50% 1.25% 50.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On September 20, 2018, four hundred thousand whiteleg shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) were stocked in a farm located in Taimali Township, Taitung County. On November 25, an increased morbidity (2.5%) and mortality (1.25%) rates were observed in ten thousand of whiteleg shrimps. The Livestock Disease Control Center (LDCC) of Taitung County collected samples and sent to the National Laboratory ‘Animal Health Research Institute’ (AHRI) on November 26, 2018. PCR result was positive for AHPND. Paired samples were collected by the LDCC of Taitung County and sent to the AHRI on December 18, 2018 for confirmatory test. AHPND was confirmed by the AHRI on March 4, 2019, based on the diagnostic criteria laid down in the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animal. Since December 22, 2018, no abnormality has been found in the index farm.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Killing for commercial use or own use
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Animal Health Research Institute (National laboratory) Whiteleg Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) histopathological examination 04/03/2019 Positive
Animal Health Research Institute (National laboratory) Whiteleg Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 04/03/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations