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Posted Fri Jan 29 2010: from Detroit Free Press:
Fatal fish virus now in all of the Great Lakes
A fatal fish virus has been detected in Lake Superior for the first time, meaning it has spread to all the Great Lakes, Cornell University researchers said Wednesday. Scientists said they recently detected the viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, while testing fish in the largest of the Great Lakes. VHS has been identified in 28 freshwater fish species within the Great Lakes watershed since 2005, including sport and commercial varieties such as walleye, muskellunge and whitefish. It causes bleeding, bloated abdomens and bulging eyes in fish before killing them. Although not dangerous for humans, the virus has caused large fish kills in Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron. It also has turned up in Lake Michigan.
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Bobo says: "Should we just sterilize and start over?"
Frank says: "@bobo: you mean the world, or "just" the great lakes?"
Bobo says: "@frank: Maybe just one species."
Haley says: "It's just a virus, guys, they'll evolve resistance."
Batboy says: "Right -- just like the bats, with white nose syndrome"
Michael says: "I dunno, Jim, I think bleeding, bloated abdomens is what gets me."
Asterisk says: "Viruses. Why'd it have to be *viruses in a lake!*"
Karin says: "Naturally, Lake Superior was last."

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