Virus found in local northern snakehead could harm other fish

A boater at the Belle Haven boat ramp on the Potomac River scans the water for fish. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WASHINGTON – A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass could harm other fish after it was found in a different species in two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia.

The U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday that researchers found largemouth bass virus in northern snakeheads in the Virginia waterways. It is the first time the virus has been reported in northern snakeheads

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