Brazilian Shrimp Virus Hasn’t Spread, Says Study

The white stain virus, which attacks the immunological system of shrimp and was identified in June in a breeding pond in the municipality of Aracati, in the state of Ceará, in the Brazilian Northeast, did not spread to other shrimp breeding properties in the region.

This was the finding of tests carried out by the Diagnostic Center for Salt-Water Shrimp Diseases, at the Ceará Marine Science Institute, using 17 batches of shrimp gathered in 8 municipalities that produce shrimp in the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí­, and Ceará.


According to the president of the Brazilian Association of Shrimp Producers, Itamar Rocha, the breeders were fearful that the disease might spread, affecting the breeding grounds of Rio Grande do Norte, the Brazilian state that exports the largest amount of shrimp.


The study found that shrimp from the region possessed genetic material of the white stain virus but did not manifest symptoms of the disease.


The infected shrimp do not present any health hazards to consumers, but the virus produces a high mortality rate among the crustaceans, hurting production.


The disease, which decimated Ecuador’s shrimp production, was identified in Asia in 1992 and arrived in Brazil in 2004, through the state of Santa Catarina.


Brazil exported 50 thousand tons of shrimp last year, bringing in revenues of US$ 226 million. European markets absorbed 80% of the shrimp exports.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazilian Senate Considering Legalizing Marijuana

The legalization of the production, trade and use of marijuana was once again a ...

South America Should Benefit from Brazilian Deals with Asia

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s trip to South Korea and Japan, this ...

Condoleezza Is Bad News for Brazil and Latin America

Rice’s outdated Cold War credo suggests her term at the helm of the State ...

Brazil’s Gol Airline Ranks Second in Corporate Governance

Brazilian Airline Gol was ranked second among non-bank companies in "The Best Governed Major ...

Brazilian Spirit: In Search of a Purer, Nobler Cachaça

Cachaça (pronounced ka-SHA-sa) can be found in every single boteco (bar) in Brazil for ...

Brazil Intent on Becoming a Major Competitor on World Tourism

A plan to increase the competitiveness of Brazilian tourism on the world market was ...

Brazil Gets US$ 1 Billion from Inter-American Bank to Develop Tourism

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is lending Brazilian states and municipalities US$ 1 billion ...

Brasília, Brazil, in Search of a Soul

Brasília, Brazil’s capital city, feels distant and impersonal. It is over-planned, lacking the rambling, ...

A Kinder and Gentler Mercosur, Courtesy of Brazil

Brazil will continue working to eliminate obstacles which have effects on Mercosur junior members, ...

Role Reversal: David (Goldman) versus Goliath (Brazil)

I doubt there is anyone, American or Brazilian, who isn’t relieved to see the ...