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#1 Old 04-30-2007, 05:16 PM
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A deadly Ebola-like virus is killing fish of all types in the Great Lakes, a development some scientists fear could trigger disaster for the USA's freshwater fish.

Because of a lack of genetic resistance to viral hemorrhagic septicemia, fish populations could be damaged in the same way the smallpox virus struck Native Americans and Dutch elm disease decimated elm trees, says Jim Winton, chief of fish health at the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle.

The disease has been found in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Niagara River and an inland lake in New York. The aggressive virus, which causes fish to hemorrhage, was unexpectedly found in the Great Lakes in 2005. Last year, it resulted in large fish kills that struck at least 20 species. Scientists are watching to see whether the disease returns in mid-May when water in the lakes warms to temperatures at which the virus attacks.

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The virus has been around awhile, apparently, but this it's news to me. Of course, the experts all say that it "poses no threat to humans". Hm. Still creepy.

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#2 Old 04-30-2007, 05:19 PM
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I agree. Still sounds creepy.
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#3 Old 04-30-2007, 09:14 PM
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Hemorrhagic septicemia just strikes fish weakened by something else. It's blood poisoning basically.
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The way humanity treats the waterways as one big toilet - I'm not surprised.

At least lake Michigan/Superior wasn't affected. . . yet.
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Alright Andy, what are you doing out of school? Isn't this finals time or something?

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Some one's bittin' my style. Honest.

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#7 Old 05-05-2007, 02:37 PM
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when i saw this i was like gnome is poisoning fish?!

this is creepy. something similar is happening here - squirrels are dying of the plague.

cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.
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