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Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks Confirmed

by Ellen Hardy
16 July 2008, at 1:00am

UK - Movements of fish in and out of two fisheries, in Derbyshire and Somerset, have been restricted following the confirmation of the serious viral fish disease, Koi Herpesvirus Disease.

Defra has issued Designated Area Orders prohibiting the movement of fish to and from:

  • Press Manor Fishery (Press Reservoir), Birkin Lane, Ashover, Nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire; and
  • Pavyotts Mill Farm, East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset.
Samples were taken from the affected fisheries following reported deaths of fish.

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

It became a legal obligation to notify suspicion of KHV Disease on 6 April 2007, with measures developed in partnership between government and industry to help combat outbreaks.

Suspicion of the presence of the disease should be immediately reported to: the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth who can be contacted on 01305-206673/206674 or fish.health.inspectorate@cefas.co.uk

Ellen Hardy