Disease Surveillance


KBIC submits fish samples for screening for the exotic virus Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS). VHS has been detected in all of the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior as of 2010. Passive collection of information from the public regarding observations of potentially diseased fish (as evidenced by fish kills or fish exhibiting irregular behavior or clinical signs of sickness) is also done. This disease screening is considered important to many agencies managing the Lake Superior fishery, and KBNRD continues to assist in disease screening efforts throughout the area.Fish with tumors

KBIC VHS Brochure

VHS Information National Park Service

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

APHIS  (pdf)