31 August 2011

KHV - Koi Herpes virus

KHV or Koi Herpes Virus is a potentially deadly virus that has recently shown in the Koi industry. The first outbreak was reported and confirmed in late 1998, in early 1999 in Israel. Since, were reported outbreaks anywhere in the world, in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. As the majority of herpes type virus in the world, Koi Herpes Virus believed to stay with fish infected for their full life. Koi even that has been exposed to the virus at some point or another are considered as carriers, even if they show no signs of the virus. The mortality rate of 60-80% virus beaches exposed fish.

When it comes down to it, any Koi is susceptible to the virus. The only real way to prevent this is to ensure that your Koi is never exposed to it. As long as you are well informed about the disease, the chances of your Koi catch the Koi Herpes Virus has considerably decreased.

Koi Herpes Virus facts

Since the first outbreak in 1998, a little has been learned about the virus. Know the facts about the virus can make the difference between potentially infect your pond and preventing it.

Once a fish has been exposed to the virus, it will be a carrier. Even with appropriate treatment, these fish will never have to go to a new House. Sending of fish exposed to a new House can potentially spread the virus to other fish. In the same way, adding new Koi in your pond could new fish get the virus and cause a potentially higher rate of mortality.

There is no cure known for the Koi Herpes Virus.

Stress does not cause disease in any way. However, the stress can cause the disease to a high mortality rate.

74 degrees Fahrenheit active disease. It is extremely useful information because it allows the quarantine and testing to see if the fish Koi Herpes Virus.

The virus can be spread in various ways, including to come into contact with infected fish in which the infected fish swam in the water, tools used in handling infected fish, and so on.

Prevent further spread of the Virus

Once your fish have been diagnosed with the Koi Herpes Virus, the only real way to ensure that you do not infect any other fish is to consider the depopulation. Depopulation is essentially the removal of your total population of Koi. Although this may seem harsh, it is really the only way to completely eliminate the possibility of any other fish to catch the virus.

In the purchase of new fish, it is a good idea to quarantine new fish separately from your current population for not less then 15 days. Knowing that the disease is selected to exactly 74 degrees Fahrenheit can expose your fish for the right conditions for the disease to be. Koi who live in conditions of that time and develop no symptoms will have a considerably less likely to have the virus.

It is important to remember that, when you your Koi new quarantine, they should remain under total isolation. This means that you must not allow anything to come into contact with the quarantine Koi, particularly elements that come in contact with your current population. Water, food and separate tools must be used, and under no circumstances ever, expected the tools used for your quarantined fish leave the area in which they are used. Another something important to remember is proper hand washing procedures in handling Koi Koi of elements in the same period of time.