Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health.

Cornell University confirmed VHS was present in fish samples collected by DEC on May 12. VHS is a deadly and persistent virus of fresh and saltwater fish that has been causing disease issues in the Great Lakes and connected waters since 2003.

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