The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) alarmingly reports about contagious virus disease spreading among tilapia, lake fish, and warns possible negative economic consequences and deteriorating situation on labor markets. This was reported by UN press service.
"Tilapia virus was found in five countries on three continents: in Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand. This virus does not represent any risk to human health. But it can wipe out the whole population of fish species. Thus, the outbreak in Thailand already led to 90% fishing mortalities," the message reads.
Tilapia is one of the most popular types of fish in the world. It is a very important part of modern food basked of many families in various countries.
Global production of tilapia amounted to 6.4 million tons in 2015 in the amount of $9.8 billion. Production of this fish provides employment, as well as income for millions of people on domestic and export markets.