Maryland Stocks Several Streams with Diseased Trout

May 21, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

The Associated Press reported on Friday that Maryland had stocked several streams in the western part of the state with thousands of trout infected with Whirling Disease. Previously, Whirling Disease had been detected only in the North Branch of the Potomac.

Ironically, Maryland was the first state to enact a ban on felt-soled waders — legislation designed to prevent the spread of epidemics like Whirling Disease — and that ban had taken effect on April 22, just two weeks before officials planted the diseased fish.

Read more about the disease in “Whirling Disease: 15 Years Later.”