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Koi Herpes Virus Disease—the Basics

By Wally Hathaway, KHA

 

          The pleasure and serenity brought to so many of us has been realized exponentially over the past decade.  Koi ponds of all sizes and designs have been constructed by hobbyists everywhere in order to bring home the peace and beauty we all so enjoy.  Landscapers assist in building this piece of nature into our own yards and gardens.  Breeders and dealers are meeting the need for more of the “living jewels.”  In growing numbers, artists are, in so many ways, capturing and immortalizing the true grace and elegance of koi.  Unfortunately, our koi are now under threat of a deadly disease.  Koi herpes virus (KHV), a viral disease highly contagious to fish, may cause significant morbidity (sickness and disease) and mortality (death) in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). 

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Quarantine Protocol for KHV

By Linda Montgomery

 

            At a recent PNKCA (Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association) Representatives Meeting one of the Representatives asked “What is the correct quarantine protocol to have a fighting chance against KHV?”  I do realize that KHV is a subject that many people may be getting a little tired of hearing about, but it is such a devastating virus and it has hit very hard numerous families in the Pacific Northwest. Many of these families have continually been heard to say that “You need to quarantine any new fish”, but what exactly does that mean?

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Responsible Use of Chemicals in Your Pond

 Linda Montgomery, KHA

 

It is extremely important to understand before adding any chemicals to your pond that your fish’s health depends on the relationship between the fish’s environment, stressors and pathogens. Adding medications to your pond will increase the stress on your fish, so you certainly don’t want to add chemicals unless absolutely necessary.

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Eradicating Koi Herpes Virus

By John Hathaway

Northwest Region Director

AKCA-Project KHV Team

 

I hope that you never have the truly heartbreaking experience of having your entire koi collection die from Koi Herpes Virus, KHV!  KHV is highly contagious and fatal!  KHV does not discriminate on the basis of color, value, or being “best and favorite.”  KHV has invaded the ponds of both veteran and novice koi keepers.  It is devastating to koi breeders, dealers, and koi keepers.  As hobbyists, we can take precautions to prevent the introduction of KHV into our ponds, but our koi will not be genuinely safe until this disease is eradicated.  This is not a subtle request for a donation from every member of all PNKCA clubs to help fund the AKCA’s Project KHV.

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