Disease caused carp die off at Blue Springs Lake

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Bill Graham


Blue Springs Lake remains safe for fishing, boating and swimming.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A virus caused the recent die-off of common carp at Blue Springs Lake said Jake Allman, fishery biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The virus cannot be transmitted to humans.
Laboratory tests determined that the koi herpesvirus (KHV) killed the carp, Allman said. KHV is named for koi, a fish commonly kept in aquariums and aquaculture. Koi are ornamental varieties of common carp that have been bred for varying colors and fin shapes. KHV most commonly occurs in hatchery operations with large numbers of fish.
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