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May 28, 2015

Central America

Three Shrimp Farms Have EMS


Shrimp from three farms in two Central American countries have tested positive for early mortality syndrome (EMS), according Jee Eun Han, a research associate at Dr. Donald Lightner’s lab at the University of Arizona.


The samples were taken in 2013, 2014 and 2015, said Han, who did the testing on the samples.  She declined to name the countries where the shrimp were from, saying the lab’s research is not public because of confidentiality agreements with the farms.


One source with direct knowledge of shrimp farming operations in Central America thinks the countries with EMS are Honduras and Nicaragua.


Dr. Lightner suspects EMS was transported to Central America in shrimp from Mexico, rather than from Asia.  “Probably it came through Mexico,” he said.  “I think it came in with smuggled...broodstock.”


Source:Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Shrimp From Three Central American Farms Test Positive for EMS, Researcher Says.  Matt Whittaker (  May 28, 2015.

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