W.Va. DNR Works To Keep Bass Virus From Spreading

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State wildlife officials are working to prevent the spread of a potentially fatal bass virus.

The Division of Natural Resources has found the largemouth bass virus in bass populations in Sutton, Stonewall Jackson, East Lynn and North Bend lakes.

DNR fisheries biologist Chris O'Bara tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting that the virus hasn't been linked to any fish deaths. But it can be fatal.

O'Bara says the virus can spread in numerous ways, including moving fish from one body of water to another. A boat also can bring contaminated water into another body of water.

The DNR is asking anglers and other boaters to clean their boats with a bleach solution.

O'Bara says infected fish are safe to eat as long as they are well-cooked and well-prepared.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by ohio Location: ohio on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    What causes the virus and where did it come from?
  • by Elk Fork Phenom Location: Parkersburg on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    This is crazy. As an avid angler of largemouth this hits home. I wish the DNR would state its effect on humans from just contact. I wanna know if I pull that nice 8 pounder out that it's not gonna kill me if my hands go near my mouth. These are the things we need to know as anglers. KEEP YOUR WORM WET AND YOUR LINE TIGHT!
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      by shonn on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:38 AM in reply to Elk Fork Phenom
      it does not effect humans just kills the bass and yes safe to eat
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