WZZM13 – Ebola-like virus killing fish in Great Lakes — This can’t be good news. Between bird flu, dead bees and this fish thing maybe the End Times nutballs are on to something. Either that or the ecology freaks have been right all along. Or, just perhaps, this all has something to do with globalization. Or how about fish farming? Or genetic engineering? Cripes. Too many possibilities. We’re doomed.

Two men enjoy the early morning sunrise as they fish along the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario, on April 20. An Ebola-like virus has been killing fish in several Great Lakes, including Lake Ontario.

A deadly Ebola-like virus is killing fish of all types in the Great Lakes, a development some scientists fear could trigger disaster for the USA’s freshwater fish.

Because of a lack of genetic resistance to viral hemorrhagic septicemia, fish populations could be damaged in the same way the smallpox virus struck Native Americans and Dutch elm disease decimated elm trees, says Jim Winton, chief of fish health at the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle.

The disease has been found in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Niagara River and an inland lake in New York. The aggressive virus, which causes fish to hemorrhage, was unexpectedly found in the Great Lakes in 2005.

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could there be a connection to farmed fish?

  1. Mike says:

    Yep, same reason why you aren’t allowed to have sex with your sister.

  2. tallwookie says:

    Lets blame it on Walmart

  3. cheese says:

    …”could there be a connection to farmed fish?”…

    Much more likely a connection to all the ships from Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world dumping water from their holds containing who-knows-what. Disease may as well come over; lots of invasive species are dumped into the Great Lakes every year this way.

  4. Angel H. Wong says:

    The great lakes are heavily loaded with pollutants, chances are that they are also reducing the effectiveness of the fishes’ immune response to the virus.

  5. Gig says:

    I noticed that you left out another possibility. Evolution.
    The virus not the fish.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    What about all the crap (I mean that litteraly) we dump into the water supply every day

  7. Joe Dirt says:

    John, I’ve lived south of Cleveland all my life. The fish in Lake Erie have always looked like this and I feel the same way after downing a batch of fried perch or walleye. Nobody drinks from the Cuyahoga and you don’t dare throw a match to it. The only thing you can do is piss on it out of the back of the boat.

  8. noname says:

    Hey I got an Idea, let’s let the market fix the problem. Markets can fix anything and everything. Move over Mikie, the market is better then any bowl of life cereal!

    I am sure Wall Street will finance a market driven fix, right! I am sure the only thing stopping Wall Street is Government regulation, right?

    I know we can all rest easy because, great people like George Bush and his administration has thought this through and through.

    Oh! Powerful and Great George Bush Administration, save us from these dirty waters! Deliver our fish from these abominable diseases!

    Let us all tithe our monies to the great Republican Cause!

    May plagues befall GW infidels!


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