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APHIS Lifts Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Federal Order
USAgNet - 06/03/2014

Effective today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is lifting the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Federal Order that has been in place since 2006. APHIS first notified stakeholders of this impending change on April 14.

As of Monday, APHIS no longer prohibits or restricts the interstate movement of VHS-susceptible species of live fish from VHS-affected or at-risk states, including: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In addition, APHIS no longer restricts the importation of the same species of live fish from Ontario and Quebec, Canada into the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's salmonid importation requirements as found in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations remain in place and are not changing.

After studying VHS, conducting surveillance and evaluating the latest science, APHIS determined it could safely remove the Federal Order as long as states maintain existing VHS regulations and other practices to reduce risk.

Although APHIS no longer regulates VHS, the Agency's Veterinary Services program will continue to work with states and industry to promote sound biosecurity practices and share scientific updates regarding the disease.

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