Carp Pox in Fish

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If you have koi or goldfish, you should be aware of carp pox. It is known to be one of the oldest diseases to affect fish. It is a viral disease and luckily it can be treated.

It is called carp pox because it usually affects carp however it can also be seen in other type of fish. 

Carp pox is caused by a virus that affects a fish's skin. The virus first appears as raised skin lesions. The lesions look waxy or milky and are smooth. If the viral infection is not treated it affects the fish's immune system, which can lead to serious health issues. The diseases weakens the immune system of the infected fish so they become very susceptible to secondary infections.

To treat carp pox, infected fish should be separated from any fish that are not infected. Fish with carp pox can be put in warm water with a little bit of salt. After a week or so this can greatly to completely diminish the carp pox lesions. There is no actual treatment or medication that can cure carp pox. Some fix never get carp pox again, while it is possible for it to return in others.

The most important thing is the prevention of carp pox and any other fish illnesses. Fish should always be in clean water that is kept at a proper temperature. Cold dirty water often leads to various types of illnesses and diseases.

Carp pox is noticeable and diagnosing and treating fish with any illness is always important. Fish have a better chance of recovering from illness if they are caught and treated early. Koi fish as well as other types of fish, are known for their beauty, and ugly bumps all over their body are usually hard to miss.  

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.