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UK Movement Restricted as Koi Herpesvirus Confirmed

by Ellen Hardy
5 September 2008, at 1:00am

UK - Movements of fish in and out of Earlswood Lakes, Norton Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, West Midlands have been restricted, following the confirmation of Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) Disease.

Movements of fish in and out of the adjacent waters, known as Mereside Pools have also been restricted

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has issued a Designated Area Order prohibiting the movement of fish to and from Earlswood Lakes and Mereside Pools, Solihull, West Midlands.

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

In the United Kingdom 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 then announced on 21st May 2007.

Ellen Hardy