Whirling Disease Lab Opens in Vegreville

The Government of Alberta is spending $9.3 million to combat the spread of Whirling disease in wild fish populations, and InnoTech Alberta's Vegreville facility will play a big part in that

The Alberta Government is committing $9.3 million to fighting Whirling disease in wild fish populations, and $2.9 million of that is being spent in Vegreville.

A tour of the InnoTech Alberta facility demonstrated how samples will be processed before being sent to the University of Alberta for testing hosted members of the media and included M.L.A. Jessica Littlewood.

Littlewood says this is an important investment for the town that's been hit with economic bad news in recent months.

The tour was guided by Bev Larson, a provincial fish disease specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks. She says it's an important facility to have.

The $2.9 million spent at the Vegreville facility will cover the lab's operational costs, as well as six full-time technicians. Part of the $9.3 million will go towards detection, an education campaign, and mitigation to prevent the spread of the disease

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