Infected prawns detected at Queensland stores

Prawns carrying a potentially fatal virus are being sold on supermarket shelves believed to have been brought to Australia from imported produce

Prawns carrying a potentially fatal virus are being sold on supermarket shelves believed to have been brought to Australia from imported produce

Australian media has reported on Monday that prawns bought from 10 retail outlets in the Australian State of Queensland were tested and found to be positive for white spot virus.

"Clearly, if we can find in a very limited sample 30 per cent of samples that were in the history connected or in contact with the virus, then clearly we're playing with fire here", Professor Knibb told the ABC's Four Corners program.

"We have a route of a virus that is a particularly unsafe virus and shown worldwide just how destructive it can be".

"It's damaged whole national economies, and its cost billions of dollars".

Prawns carrying a deadly virus are being sold on supermarket shelves, believed to have been brought to Australia from imported produce.

While the disease is not risky to humans, it is deadly for prawns, making an outbreak catastrophic for both wild and agricultural populations.

The deadly white spot virus has been detected in prawns sold in Queensland.

Australia has always been one of the few countries with a prawn farming industry that has remained free of white spot disease, that is more commonly found in Asia and the Americas.