Please discuss the fish die off here.
Lake Winnebago Fish Die Off
Here at my place of employment in Menasha I can smell lake Winnebago inside the building. Extremely strong stench coming off of it lately. Just had my septic tank pumped at home, kinda reminds me of that same smell. Cant be good for anything swimming in it I'm guessing.
According to dnr website the VHS is spread through bodily fluids of fish. It cannot survive in the GI tract of birds that eat the fish. As far as the boat itself tranferring the disease between water bodies NO. Though livewells containng traces of bodily fluids, possible.
I find it interesting that transmission from body of water to body of water is confined to boaters. What about infected fish moving from body to body or scavenging birds such as pelicans, gulls, or for that matter the skunk of the water cormorants. Can the virus be spread that way through their droppings? Just a thought.