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Study finds disease at BC salmon farm

Research discovers possible link between disease to contagious virus.

A study found an inflammation disease called HSMI in salmon from British Columbia fish farms, which can kill up to 20 percent of a farm's population, according to the Times Colonist.

The disease is possibly linked to the contagious piscine reo-virus (PRV), which previously led to $476 million in losses in 2013, said Emiliano Di Cicco, co-author of the study, which was published in scientific journal PLOS ONE according to the news site.

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“[HSMI] is the No. 3 cause of mortality and economic loss in the salmon-farming industry,” Di Cicco said, according to the news site. “But the other issue we need to care about is the same virus [PRV] could infect Pacific salmon in BC."

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Salmon Foundation and Genome British Columbia co-funded the study.

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