Dr. Ling Jin's lab (OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine) has been studying Koi herpes virus for several years at the AAHL. Since the virus can lie dormant ornamental koi owners may not know their fish are infected. KHV is a virus that infects ornamental koi and common carp worldwide. Like most viral infections there is currently no treatment for KHV. Infected fish can show gill lesions, sunken eyes or a notched nose. Transport to international koi shows and displays in communal aquaria have spread the virus worldwide. In an effort to identify a marker that will lead to a quick and easy test for owners, Dr. Jin and Dr. Reed demonstrated that KHV can hide in the fish's white blood cells.
Reed, A., Lin, L., Ostertag-Hill, C., Wang, Q., Wu, Z., Miller-Morgan, T., and Jin, L. 2017. Detection of ORF6 protein associated with latent KHV infection. Virology 500:89-90.
Prescott, M., Reed, A., Jin, L., and Pastey, M. 2016. Rapid detection of Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 in latently infected koi by recombinase polymerase amplification. J. of Aquatic Animal Health 28:173-180.