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Herpes blamed in fish kill

BROOKVILLE, Ind. – State wildlife officials are blaming a virus for killing at least hundreds of fish in an eastern Indiana reservoir this fall.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said the koi herpes virus killed perhaps thousands of common carp in Brookville Lake. The sick and dying fish were first reported in mid-September at the lake in Franklin and Union counties.

The agency said KHV affects common carp and koi, which is a carp species often found in ornamental ponds and widespread in the aquaculture industry. Officials said the virus isn’t harmful to people.

The virus was first found in Indiana in 2011. It has been blamed for fish kills in the St. Joseph River near Elkhart and Mishawaka and at a private lake in southwestern Indiana’s Daviess County.