"This virus doesn't infect other fish species. It certainly doesn't affect other animals that are even cold-blooded and found in these local environments and certainly it's not going that huge next leap to mammals or humans."
The ISAvirus can be carried by trout, and can also be found to effect Cod and herring. It is actually in the family called
- Influenzavirus A infects humans, other mammals, and birds, and causes all flu pandemics
- Influenzavirus B infects humans and seals
- Influenzavirus C infects humans and pigs
- Isavirus Infectious salmon anemia virus* Atlantic salmon
- Thogotovirus Thogoto virus* Tick, mosquito, mammal (including human) Dhori virus Batken virus, Dhori virus
PLUS ANOTHER FUN FACT:
The Lepeophtheirus salmonis sea louse, a small crustacean parasite that attacks the protective mucous, scales and skin of the salmon has been shown to carry the virus passively on its surface and in its digestive tract. Under laboratory conditions Lepeophtheirus salmonis has been demonstrated to passively transfer ISA. It is not known whether the Infectious salmon anemia virus can reproduce itself in the sea louse, although this is a possibility as viruses often depend on secondary vectors for transmission like the Arboviruses such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, or African swine fever virus.