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Koi Herpesvirus Outbreak Confirmed in South Yorkshire

24 August 2012

UK - Koi herpesvirus disease has been confirmed at a fishery near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, movements of fish into, out of and within the affected site have been restricted.

Koi herpesvirus disease has been confirmed at a fishery near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, movements of fish into, out of and within the affected site have been restricted.

Cefas acting on behalf of Defra has issued a confirmed designation prohibiting the movement of fish to, from and within Morehall Fishery, Manchester Road, Bolsterstone, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Under the requirements of the designation the fishery has also been directed to establish and maintain on-site facilities for the disinfection of angling equipment prior to being taken out of the designation area and anglers must comply with their use.

A sample was taken from the affected site following reported deaths of fish showing clinical signs associated with this disease. The sample tested positive for the presence of Koi herpesvirus.

Koi herpesvirus disease affects all varieties of carp (Cyprinus carpio), including common carp, mirror carp, ghost carp and koi carp and can result on high rates of fish mortalities.

There are no implications for human health.

Koi herpesvirus is a notifiable disease, any suspicion of its presence should be immediately reported to:

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth
Tel: 01305 206700
E-mail:fhi@cefas.co.uk

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Koi herpesvirus by clicking here.

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