KOI HERPESVIRUS DISEASE OUTBREAK CONFIRMED

Environment Agency News Release

Movements of fish in and out of a Kent fishery have been restricted following the confirmation of the serious viral fish disease, Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) Disease.

Defra has issued a Designated Area Order prohibiting the movement of fish to and from Eureka Fisheries, Eureka Business Park, Ashford, Kent.

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

KHV Disease affects common carp and carp varieties such as Koi.  It can result in high rates of fish mortalities.

There are no implications for human health.  

It became a legal obligation to notify suspicion of KHV Disease on 6 April 2007.  The measures developed in partnership between government and industry to help combat outbreaks were announced on 21 May.  

Suspicion of the presence of the disease should be immediately reported to: the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth

Tel: 01305-206673/206674

Email: fish.health.inspectorate@cefas.co.uk