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Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks Confirmed

UK - Movements of fish into, out of and within two fisheries have been restricted following the confirmation of Koi Herpesvirus disease at sites in Kent and West Sussex. The outbreaks are not related.

Cefas, acting on behalf of Defra, has issued a confirmed designation to each site prohibiting the movement of fish at:

  • CD 37/ 2009 Chartham Angling Society Lakes, Thruxted Lane, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent
  • CD 38/ 2009 Passies Ponds Fishery Lakes, Church Farm, Coombes, Lancing, West Sussex

Under the requirements of the designations the fisheries have been directed to establish and maintain on-site facilities for the disinfection of angling equipment at all access points for each of the designated sites and anglers must comply with their use.

Samples were taken from the affected sites following reported deaths of fish.

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

There are no implications for human health.

Koi herpesvirus disease is notifiable. Any suspicion of its presence should be immediately reported to The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth.

the Fish Site Editor

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