Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

January 25, 2007

Fish-killing virus (VHS) confirmed in Lake Huron

Filed under: Great Lakes News,Invasive Species,Michigan — nemo @ 8:32 pm

Bad news for Lake Huron:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said it confirmed the presence of viral hemorrhagic septicema, or VHS, in fish taken from Thunder Bay and from waters off Rogers City and Cheboygan.

Previously, VHS had been found only in two of the Great Lakes — Ontario and Erie — and in Lake St. Clair. But officials have predicted the virus eventually would spread across the entire lake system.

For those not familiar with Michigan, Thunder Bay and Rogers City are quite north and within an hours drive of the Straits of Mackinaw and Lake Michigan.

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