Media statement: Update on white spot disease in Queensland
No further prawn farms in the Logan River area have tested positive to white spot disease. The response is moving into the next phase, which will involve disposal and decontaminating the four affected properties.
Testing of wild prawns collected from the Logan, Brisbane and Pine rivers in south-east Queensland indicates that white spot disease has not established in wild prawns.
The situation will continue to be monitored during the holiday period, with movement restrictions remaining in place on the Logan and Albert rivers.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources encourages fishers and the public to help the broader industry remain free of this serious disease.
This is a timely reminder to all recreational fishers that you should never use prawns meant for human consumption as bait, and to inspect your bait for any signs of the disease prior to use.
If you see any signs of white spot disease as described on the outbreak.gov.au website, please contact the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
White spot disease is a highly infectious disease of crustaceans but does not pose a threat to human health or food safety.
For more information about the response to this incident, contact the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) or visit the Outbreak website.
For information on movement restrictions, including a map showing Queensland's biosecurity emergency area, visit the QDAF website.
Previous media statements
- Update on white spot disease in Queensland (16 December 2016)
- Update on white spot disease in Queensland (9 December 2016)
- Detection of white spot disease in Queensland prawns (2 December 2016)