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Koi Herpes Virus is a viral disease that is very contagious and deadly to Carp.
KHV is a strain of herpesvirus. Like other strains, KHV stays with the infected fish for the duration of their life, making the recovered and exposed fish potential carriers of the virus. Fish infected with KHV may die within the first 24-48 hours of exposure. The virus can remain dormant in cold water though so the extent of an outbreak may only become clear months after a fish becomes infected.
The most important way of preventing the spread of the disease is thorough disinfection of nets, unhooking mats etc. after fishing.
Last Edited by: erikb on the 25 October 2008