The implementation of an eradication plan for Koi herpesvirus (KHV) in England and Wales would be too costly and time consuming, according to DEFRA.

The implementation of an eradication plan for Koi herpesvirus (KHV) in England and Wales would be too costly and time consuming, according to DEFRA.
 
A DEFRA spokesman claimed a KHV eradication plan could cost anglers and tax payers up to £20,000,000 and take 20 years before it would yield any benefits.
 
KHV eradication plan too costly, says DEFRAInstead the regions will assume a “category V” infected status, after an official consultation and impact assessment on the pros and cons of an eradication plan found in favour of maintaining current control measures to minimise the disease.
 
The spokesman told Vetsonline: “A thorough impact assessment concluded the most pragmatic approach would be to maintain our current controls and surveillance, keeping other options under review. Scotland and Wales have already declared similar status and measures.”
 
KHV is a notifiable disease in the UK and is highly contagious and often fatal in common carp and koi carp. Affected fish become lethargic and uncoordinated and suffer from mottled and bleeding gills and blistering.
 
Fish that have been exposed to the disease can act as carriers and the DEFRA spokesman said industry would be working to prevent the importation of sick animals.
 
“The Fish Health Inspectorate will continue to vigorously enforce trade controls and will investigate any suspicion of the illegal import of fish,” he said.
 
“It will also work with key partners ECHO (the English Carp Heritage Organisation), Angling Trust, CEMEX, and the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association on a new initiative targeting the illegal importation of fish and the theft of angling equipment. The project is in conjunction with Crimestoppers.”

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