A white spot virus disease is detected in the prawn farm located on the banks of Clarence River near Yamba on the far North Coast of New South Wales state in Australia.
This outbreak of white spot disease is caused by a contagious double stranded DNA virus belonging to virus family Nimaviridae. The white spot virus Syndrome poses significant threat to prawns and other crustaceans.
The disease burden and costs involved can be huge and can amount tens of Millions of Dollars to contain the deadly virus that does not affect humans but causes significant losses to aquaculture farms.
The potential cause for this outbreak is identified as brood stock caught in New South Wales