Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Newslinks -Rochester, NY area

These NewsLinks represent a decade of ferreting out local online NewsLinks to the issue of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)

The more recent stories are on the top and oldest at the bottom of this list. 

Although many of these links no longer work, I believe that it is important to be able to find that these stories have existed for ferreting out existing or impending environmental problems. The repercussions of pollution or overuse of a resource often takes a long time for us to recognize and when we finally do, it is invaluable to be able to track the history of various issues before they get to a tipping point and became a crisis.

Also, much that mankind has done to change our environment was accomplished without any knowledge of what the environment was like before changing it, but maybe we will be able to heal our environmental if we archive the news stories so we will be able to unravel the events that led up to the disaster. Students, scientists, historians, and citizens alike should benefit from being able to follow the thread of an issue back through time.


Read about the progression of the invasive fish disease Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)  spreading in the Great Lakes by reading from the bottom news link to the top.

Next to bottom is a story about the first story account of the virus in June of 2006: Virus that can kill fish is found in lake for the first time— A deadly virus that can infect nearly every species of fish in Lake Ontario has been found in the lake for the first time. The virus, known as viral hemorrhagic septicemia, has been detected in both round gobies, an invasive species, and muskellunge, a native fish, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.  (June 20, 2006) Democrat & Chronicle

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in New York - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "What is VHS? Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) virus is a serious pathogen of fresh and saltwater fish that is causing an emerging disease in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. VHS virus is a rhabdovirus (rod shaped virus) that affects fish of all size and age ranges. It does not pose any threat to human health. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. Once a fish is infected with VHS, there is no known cure. Not all infected fish develop the disease, but they can carry and spread the disease to other fish. VHS has been blamed for fish kills in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair (MI), Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Skaneateles Lake, Seneca-Cayuga Canal, Conesus Lake, a private pond in Ronsomville and several inland lakes in Wisconsin and Michigan. The World Organization of Animal Health has categorized VHS as a transmissible disease with the potential for profound socio-economic consequences. Because of this, they list VHS as a disease that should be reported to the international community as an exceptional epidemiological (study of diseases in large populations) occurrence. " New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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*** If you have been reading the news on and looked at the stories on Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) for the last several months, then you’ll agree that it’s time to get alarmed at the new invasive species disease moving into the Great Lakes. Already, we have seen outbreaks of the disease and more will probably come. To get the official word on this disease from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Check out: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in the Great Lakes July 2006 Emerging Disease Notice