Shrimp health: Online Consultation on Strategies for Hepatopancreatic Microsporidiosis caused by Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP)

NACA is organising an Online Consultation on Strategies for Hepatopancreatic Microsporidiosis caused by Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) from 9-10 February 2021 via Zoom. EHP is an important pathogen affecting shrimp health. The online consultation aims to discuss the current status of EHP in the region, and to present recent innovations and currently recommended strategies of control (including information to give confidence that EHP cannot be spread via chilled or frozen export products prepared and packaged for human consumption).

Moreover, experiences from selected countries which have reported the presence of the disease will be presented and discussed, including: monitoring, surveillance and reporting; recent and current research studies; and, problems and other issues/gaps in managing the disease especially at the farm level. Presentations will include:

  • History of hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis caused by Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (Prof. Tim Flegel).
  • Development of research tools for EHP pathogenesis and control (Dr. Kallaya Sritunyalucksana).
  • Managing the hazard of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei in shrimp farming through careful planning to optimize productivity (Dr. Celia Lavilla-Pitogo).
  • Updates on EHP transmission route in shrimp and recommendations for its control in the farm (Dr. Diva Cano).
  • Is the fungal pathogen EHP now the key health concern for Asian shrimp producers? (Dr. Andy Shinn).
  • Country reports on the status of EHP.

Please refer to the attached agenda for more information. The consultation will also present an opportunity to form a regional, real-time, cooperative EHP-control network, and the possibility of having a joint publication.

Participation is free but registration is required via the link below: