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Council Directive 2006/88/EC

Minimum control measures in the event of a suspicion or outbreak of certain diseases

An outbreak of a disease affecting aquatic animals can quickly take on epizootic proportions, causing mortality and disturbances on a scale liable to reduce severely the profitability of aquaculture. Therefore it is important that control measures are taken when the presence of such a disease is suspected so that immediate and effective actions can be implemented as soon as its presence is confirmed. Such measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the disease, in particular by carefully controlling movements of aquaculture animals and products thereof liable to spread the infection.

The diseases of Community importance and the susceptible species included in Directive 2006/88/EC are listed in Part II of Annex IV pdf. Those diseases are classified in two categories:

The Community reference laboratories for aquatic diseases are: