Update on white spot disease in prawns

Prawns infected with white spot disease do not pose a risk to food safety or human health.

Biosecurity Queensland update:

White spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans.

The disease has been confirmed in seven prawn farms. The seven infected sites are located on the Logan River.

Biosecurity Queensland is treating infected ponds with chlorine and is preparing for disposal and decontamination work. Surveillance and sampling in all prawn farms and waterways in the region will continue.

More information is available from the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website:

White spot disease detected in southern queensland (20 February 2017)

Prawn disease eradication moving into next phase (25 January 2017)

Australian Commonwealth Government update:

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) suspended import of uncooked prawns on 6 January 2017.

To read the media releases from DAWR click on the links below:

Commonwealth webpage White spot disease - response to outbreak

Biosecurity Matters Edition 1 - 2017: Throw your prawns on the BBQ, not in our waters

Media release 10 February 2017 - Department's action on imported prawns

DAWR webpage 6 February 2017 - Update on temporary suspension of uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn products

DAWR webpage 30 January 2017 - Import related questions and answers

DAWR Biosecurity alert 25 January 2017 - White spot disease in prawns

Media release 6 January 2017 - Federal agriculture department suspends uncooked prawn imports

Media release 22 December 2016 - Update on white spot disease in Queensland