The Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health meets annually to discuss regional disease issues including emerging disease threats. This is the report of the seventh meeting, held 11-13 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand. The report discusses emerging disease problems and regional response including to:

  • Finfish diseases: Edwardsiella ictaluri, Aeromonas hydrophila, viral nervous necrosis, iridovirus, Streptococcus iniea, Vibrio spp., Tenacibaculum sp.
  • Crustacean diseases: Whitespot syndrome virus, yellowhead virus, infectious myonecrosis virus, taura syndrome virus, infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus, abdominal segment deformity disease, Laem-Singh virus, hepatopancreatic parvovirus, monodon baculovirus, acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei.
  • Mollusc diseases: Ostreid herpesvirus, Bonamia spp., Perkinsus spp.

Other issues discussed included:

  • Progress of NACA's Aquatic Animal Health Programme.
  • Outcomes of the OIE General Session and Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission meetings, 2013.
  • Disease reporting, including changes to the OIE list of notifiable diseases and establishment of a global online reporting system (WAHIS) by OIE.
  • Review of the Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Reporting System.
  • Progress in implementation of the the Regional Technical Guidelines on Health management for the Responsible Movement of Live Aquatic Animals.
  • Identification and designation of regional aquatic animal health resources, including experts, centres and reference laboratories.
  • Regional and international cooperation.

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Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health

The Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health meets annually to discuss regional disease issues including emerging disease threats. The group was established by the Governing Council of NACA to provide advice to member governments in the Asia-Pacific region. This collection comprises the reports of the annual meetings of the group. The reports are a rich source of information concerning the current disease status of the region and new or emerging diseases of aquatic animals.