The United Kingdom has reported an outbreak of spring viraemia of carp (SVC) in a shipment of ornamental goldfish imported from China. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) released an alert announcing the outbreak on April 24 after receiving notification of the incident from the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
According to OIE, a total of 19 boxes containing 11,110 live red cap oranda goldfish were imported legally to the United Kingdom from China in March. The fish reportedly arrived with appropriate health certification.
On clearing border inspection, 16 boxes were shipped to Northern Ireland while three stayed in England. A sample of fish was tested for SVC as part of a routine surveillance program for imports of SVC-susceptible fish. The sample fish tested positive for the infectious viral disease.
As a result, all of the fish were destroyed and the sites holding the fish were disinfected.
Chinese authorities have been informed of occurrence.