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October 17, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Fish virus found in Central Ohio reservoir
(2008-06-18)
(WOUB) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources
says it has found a fast-spreading fish virus for the first time in a waterway outside the Great Lakes basin.

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia has caused large fish kills in four of the five Great Lakes and several inland lakes in the basin.

The DNR says confirmation in muskellunge fish in the Clear Fork Reservoir in central Ohio marks the first isolation of the virus outside the basin.

It was found during routine egg collection in April and confirmed through tests by federal agencies.

The reservoir is in Richland and Morrow counties.

The DNR says the virus has not caused a fish kill in the reservoir.

Of the Great Lakes, only Lake Superior has avoided the disease.

The virus causes fish to bleed to death.

It does not pose a threat to humans.
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