Media statement: Update on white spot disease in Queensland

​​​​​​Following on from the media statement issued on 2 December 2016, white spot disease has now been detected on a total of three prawn farms in south east Queensland.

Some prawns sampled from a section of the Logan River adjacent to the affected farms have tested positive, with further sampling and testing now required to determine if the disease has established in the Logan River.

The national Aquatic Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases, chaired by Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer, has met regularly since the first detection.

It agreed to a response plan that aims to eradicate the disease through nationally coordinated destruction, disposal and decontamination activities.

This work is well underway, with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) leading the response.

As per our previous statement, the disease does not pose a threat to human health or food safety.

For more information about the response to this incident, contact QDAF or visit the Outbreak website.​​​​​

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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