Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia,
Information received on 25/06/2016 from Dr Martine Dubuc, OIE Delegate for Canada, Chief Food Safety Officer Vice-President, Science Branch, Health Ministry, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada
Report type Immediate notification (Final report)
Date of start of the event 09/05/2016
Date of confirmation of the event 22/06/2016
Report date 23/06/2016
Date submitted to OIE 25/06/2016
Reason for notification Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
Summary description Confirmed detection of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (genotype IVa) in Newfoundland
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (genotype IVa)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments This event represents a first confirmed detection of VHSV genotype IVa in this geographic area and also a first confirmed detection in Atlantic herring (new host species). 71 animals were screened by QRT-PCR and 58 tested positive. A subset of the tested positive were also tested by conventional RT-PCR, virus isolation and genotyping for confirmation and genotyping purposes.
Increased Distribution
Province Species
Newfoundland Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus )
Disease Impact
Increased Province Species Change
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Zoning
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Movement control inside the country
Future Reporting
The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.