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Koi Herpesvirus at Two More UK Fisheries

UK - Another outbreak of Koi Herpesvirus has hit the UK. This time the outbreak was found in Hertfordshire and Cornwall.

In response the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has called for movements of fish in and out of two fisheries in these locations to be restricted.

Defra has issued Designated Area Orders prohibiting the movement of fish to and from the fisheries at: Broad Colney Lakes, London Colney, Hertfordshire; and Whiteacres Fishery, Whiteacres Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall.

KHV Disease affects common carp and carp varieties such as Koi. It can result in high rates of fish mortalities, but Defra says that there are no implications for human health.

Defra has reaffirmed that it became a legal obligation to notify suspicion of KHV Disease on 6th April 2007. The measures developed in partnership between government and industry to help combat outbreaks were announced on 21st May 2007.