Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Fish Pox

Fish Pox - Goldfish Disease
Fish Pox is a viral disease which is caused by the herpesvirus infection or HPV-1 which affects the fish's skin. Fish pox can weakens the fish with infection and lesions and it leaves the fish susceptible to secondary infections by other microorganisms. Goldfish also become disfigured by the disease. Not only infect goldfish and koi, Fish Pox disease can also infect other types of fishes, and is therefore also named fish pox.

Symptoms that appear because of herpesvirus infection

Initially, the Fish pox shows up as milky skin lesions, which are smooth and raised in appearance. These lesions are not aesthetically pleasing and devalue the koi fish, which is known for its looks. In severe cases, the viral infection also affect the fish's immunity and leaves the lesion-filled (papillomas) area prone to a secondary infection by bacteria. 


There is no treatment for fish pox infection. And while it may make the fish look more pleasant, the surgical removal of the lesions will not cure it of the virus. So the only way to prevent the viral infection from spreading is to destroy the infected goldfish and its environment.