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DNR: No new evidence of fish virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says new testing has found no evidence of a deadly fish virus in several dozen more lakes and rivers.

The agency says the fish disease was detected in smallmouth bass from the Bay of Green Bay, where the virus was found earlier.

DNR Secretary Matt Frank says it appears that efforts to contain the disease are working.

The state discovered viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, in the Lake Winnebago chain in 2007. It's been found in Lake Michigan and has caused big fish kills in other Great Lakes waters.

Among the popular waters tested for the disease this year in Wisconsin were Mendota Lake in Dane County, Geneva Lake in Walworth County, Castle Rock Lake in Juneau and Adams counties and Butternut Lake in Price County.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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