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Monday, July 22nd, 2024

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Mike Schoonveld: Can fish get school immunity?

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia, as seen in this gizzard shad, first appeared in the Great Lakes in 2005. It was worrisome for fisheries managers and anglers since it wasn’t limited to just the Great Lakes and could transfer to inland lakes and streams. Today VHS largely has been reduced to background status in Michigan waters. (DNR photo by Gary Whalen)

Before COVID-19 was unleashed on humanity, I’m not sure if I’d ever heard of the term, “herd immunity.” Now, I know it’s the layman’s term for the phenomenon that occurs when a significant portion of a population has been exposed to (and survived) diseases caused by pathogenic germs and viruses.
Fortunately, herd immunity is real in fish and wildlife populations. Perhaps in fish it should be called “school immunity.”

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