Kansas Lakes Report Fish Kills

A deadly virus is spreading across some state lakes, but it has nothing to do with COVID-19.

State wildlife and parks staff are collecting and testing samples from fish carcasses to determine whether a koi herpes virus is behind fish kills in at least two Kansas lakes.

According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, staff have confirmed die-offs at Pomona Reservoir in Osage County and Hillsdale Reservoir in Miami County.

Anglers on social media have reported die-offs at other lakes, but they have not been confirmed.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that common carp are the only species that appear to be affected, leading staff to belief that the koi herpes virus is the cause.

Test results should be back within 3 to 4 weeks.

Wildlife staff estimates that thousands of carp are affected, but the virus has no effect on other species, including humans.