Reducing the Impact of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus on Wisconsin's Fisheries
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) is an invasive pathogen that threatens Wisconsin’s fisheries. Despite the economic and ecological damage that would ensue should VHSV spread throughout Wisconsin, adequate tools for monitoring and preventing the spread of the virus are lacking. The purpose of this project is to develop and distribute novel field and laboratory tools for predicting and managing VHSV. The work is a collaboration between the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, funded by Wisconsin SeaGrant. The field component of the project takes place in Lake Winnebago. The project benefits the state by safeguarding its valuable fisheries.