Unfortunately the first outbreak this year of KHV in a fishery has been announced by DEFRA. Being in a fishery this may not have direct contact with our ornamental Koi Carp sector at all.
Movements of fish in and out of a fishery in Kent have been restricted, following the confirmation of Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) Disease. Defra has issued a Designated Area Order prohibiting the movement of fish to and from the premises at Woodchurch, Nr. Ashford.
The diagnosis was made after samples were taken by CEFAS from the affected fishery following reported deaths of fish. This disease affects common carp and carp varieties such as Koi. It can result in high rates of fish mortalities.
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 announced on 21st May.
Given that the weather has only recently got warmer and the likelihood of outbreaks of KHV in the ornamental sector is high, we urge everybody to apply the highest possible biosecurity when purchasing new fish or dealing with your existing stock. Should you require any assistance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.