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White spot disease in Evans Head prawns traced to Clarence River strain

White spot disease detected in wild caught prawns in Evans Head has been confirmed to be linked to a strain in the Clarence River.

The Department of Primary Industries conducted genetic testing after the “first-ever” detection of the virus inshore, last week.

A three month control zone covering 10 kilometres north and south of the area will remain, with ongoing testing from Ballina to Lennox Head.

Andrew Du

Andrew Du is a reporter with NBN News and covers stories across the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales. He was previously a journalist based in Canberra. Got a story? You can contact him at

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