Whirling Parasite Found at Utah Hatchery

Whirling Parasite Found at Utah Hatchery

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Utah officials say they'll kill 60,000 tiny trout after finding evidence of the parasite that causes whirling disease at the state hatchery in Springville.

The hatchery will be closed until a new water supply is found.

The discovery was made last week during routine testing of the young rainbows. The four-inch fish were not stocked in Utah waters.

Whirling disease affects trout and salmon, resulting in deformations and neurological damage.

The Division of Wildlife Resources says the infected fish are a small fraction of the fish raised in state hatcheries.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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