Whirling disease, a contagious disease that could have a major effect on the province’s trout populations, has been confirmed in six additional locations in Banff National Park.
Earlier this week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency — which monitors diseases that are important to aquatic health or the Canadian economy — posted the latest results on its website.
“Additional detections of whirling disease from the ongoing sampling and testing do not mean the disease is spreading,” said the Monday update. “Whirling disease may have been present for several years and the ongoing sampling will help determine the extent of the distribution and the most appropriate disease response.
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will determine the need for any further disease declarations on the status of whirling disease when the complete results of this year’s surveillance plan sampling and testing have been received.”