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Trout swim in a viewing pond at the Nevin Hatchery in Fitchburg near Madison, where some fish tested positive for cutthroat trout virus. (Photo by Rory Linnane, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

State officials worry about trout virus, but release infected fish

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By Rory Linnane, Center for Investigative Journalism

State natural resource officials are wondering how a mysterious virus found its way to Wisconsin trout and what it will mean for the health of aquatic life.

“It’s a big unknown,” said Susan Marcquenski, a fish health specialist for the state Department of Natural Resources. “There’s very little information about the effect of the virus on cool-water species.”

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