Friday, January 30, 2009

Name of the condition: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)

Cause of disease: Virus - extremely serious viral disease of fresh and saltwater fish

What does it look like? At a low level of infection, fish might not display any symptoms. As the infection becomes greater, however, fish will display widespread hemorrhages (bleeding) throughout body surface (eye, skin and fins) and within the internal organs (swim bladder, intestine, kidney etc). Because of the bleeding, gills and liver might appear pale. Sick fish will often be listless, swim in circles, and are frequently observed at the surface of the water.

NOTE: Confirming VHS infection requires sophisticated laboratory testing. A diagnosis cannot be made based solely on observation because many different diseases of fish have very similar symptoms. [Full Story]

For more information, download the VHS flyer

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