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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:34 AM
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New Disease - Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia - Causing Large Great Lakes Fish Kills
Edited on Mon Jan-01-07 11:37 AM by hatrack
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Commercial fishers and biologists are concerned about the impact a viral disease will have on the Great Lakes fishery. There have been some large fish kills. Live fish commerce has been restricted to help prevent the spread of the disease.

A disease is spreading, causing large fish kills in the Great Lakes. Biologists and fishery officials are working to prevent further spread of the disease, but theres a conflict between government agencies. Lester Graham reports theres also a cost to businesses that deal in live fish:

http://www.glrc.org/mp3/2007/01/01/graham_010107.mp3

Lovely stuff - apparently it can cause external sores a la piscicidia, but generally causes fish to die from internal bleeding. Probably an import from Europe via ballast water or the commercial fish trade.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:53 AM
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1. That sounds like psicine Ebola
and will spread much more efficiently through water to infect fish than it does through air and contact to infect humans.

They're going to have to work on this one, devise a vaccine and vaccinate farm raised fish and turn them loose in the Great Lakes generation after generation, in hopes the virus load in the water abates over time.

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 05:04 PM
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2. No biggie. Those fish are all full of toxic chemicals so they are of
no commercial value anyway.

:sarcasm:
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