Sunday, July 23, 2006

KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) latest report

In a follow up report on the INPC website about the past KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) outbreak a month ago in Japan, the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association have given reassurances that the measures put in place have so far worked and no more infections have been found. All tested koi in the region including the eight suspected breeders have proved negative. This is good news but we shall have to wait a while until the koi farms can be given a clean bill of health. In recent research the virus has been detected in koi up to 3 months after they survived an outbreak. Its still not clear even with more sensitive PCR tests whether Koi can be carriers long term so breeders and dealers cannot afford to take chances. The news is hopeful but we will have to wait and see.


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