The Fish Diseases Commission of the Office International des Epizooties has warned of an outbreak of Epizootic Haematopoietic Necrosis in a Finland fish farm.

The international organisation has warned of 2,600 possible cases on the farm, in south-eastern Finland, near the border with Russia, on the River Vuoksi, which flows via Russia’s Lake Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland.

The illness European Sheatfish Virus was detected on fish imported from outside Europe. Movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm preventing the transport of live fish to other farms or natural waters. Its sheatfish will be slaughtered for human consumption “to prevent any spread of virus to natural waters” said a commission note.