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Koi Herpes Killing Carp in Lake Mohave

by 5m Editor
11 June 2009, at 1:00am

ARIZONA, US - A virus killing off carp in Lake Mohave now appears to have made its way downstream into Lake Havasu, but local water and state wildlife officials want to assure residents there is no threat to humans.

“This is an issue for fish, but nothing for humans to worry about,” Lake Havasu City Water Resource Coordinator Doyle Wilson told Today's News-Herald.

The virus is called Koi Herpes Virus, or KHV, reports the news organisation. While the virus can affect goldfish, koi and carp, it is not dangerous to humans, nor is it something that was caused locally. It would not affect local fishing in the lake.

“This is not a water quality issue,” Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen said in response to the Colorado River Regional Sewer Coalition’s involvement.

Zen Mocarski, public information officer with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said the virus has spread like wildfire in the past few weeks in Lake Mohave.

Within a week of initially hearing about the virus, several thousand carp had been reported dead in Lake Mohave.

5m Editor