Researchers Mull Releasing Herpes Into Waterways To Reduce Carp Populations

  • Researchers think that using herpes—yes, herpes—may play a key role in reducing invasive carp populations.
  • This month, officials in Australia released The National Carp Control Plan, which assesses the feasibility of using cyprinid herpes virus 3, also known as the carp virus or koi herpesvirus (KHV) as a biological agent to control carp populations. KHV damages the kidneys, skin, and gills of carp.
  • It is distinct from the sexually-transmitted herpes diseases that impact humans. KHV cannot infect people.