Tests this month confirmed the presence of an influenza-like virus called infectious hematopoietic necrosis at a salmon farm off Bainbridge Island across from Seattle on Puget Sound, the Kitsap Sun reported.
The virus, or IHN virus, does not affect humans. It occurs naturally in wild sockeye salmon and can be carried by other fish, such as herring, which sometimes pass through fish net pens.
John Kerwin, fish health supervisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the virus is a big concern.
‘Any first time it occurs, you don’t fully understand the impact to wild fish,’ Kerwin told the newspaper. ‘We know it can impact (farm) fish. If we move fast, we can try to…
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