Cornell researchers help diagnose fish-killing virus

by 5m Editor
15 June 2006, at 1:00am

US - Fish kills are fairly common at this time of year, but when a large kill in the St. Lawrence River last month included 18 adult muskellunge, folks became more than a little concerned. An investigation by Cornell&#39;s College of Veterinary Medicine, the state&#39;s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Western Fisheries Research Center of the United States Geological Survey confirmed the presence of a rare fish-killing virus. The group isolated and identified viral hemorrhagic septicemia in several fish species from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The virus is a pathogen of fish and does not pose any threat to public health. <i>Source: The Ithica Journal</i>

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