Infectious Disease Found in Trout Hatched at Summerville Fish Hatchery; Source Being Investigated

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that two rare infectious diseases have been found in trout that is hatched a the Summerville Fish Hatchery in Chattooga County and one other hatchery located in Buford, Georgia.

This week, the DNR said that they have located Whirling Disease and Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus in trout. Neither virus is harmful to humans, but both cause high trout mortality rates and there are no known treatments for them.

These are the first documented cases of the diseases in Georgia.

DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division is putting a hold on the state’s trout stocking program as they investigate the source of the viruses.

The Summerville Fish Hatchery is located on Fish Hatchery Road between Summerville and Menlo and supplies 600,000 trout annually for the state’s trout stocking program.