Largemouth Bass Virus Found in Northern Snakeheads in Virginia (Aug 13, 2013)

DOI. United States Geological Survey.

A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass has now been identified in otherwise apparently healthy northern snakeheads taken from two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia. This is the first time that the pathogen, known as largemouth bass virus, has been reported in northern snakeheads. While the significance of this finding is not yet known, the study's lead author, said it raises the possibility that snakeheads could be reservoirs of this virus and capable of transmitting it to bass populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Date: 
Aug 14, 2013