Progress in understanding the fish pathogen Aeromonas salmonicida

Brian Austin

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    Aeromonas salmonicida is the causal agent of furunculosis in various fish species. Detection methods include culturing, serology and molecular biology techniques. Controversy surrounds its possible independent existence in water; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and the polymerase chain reaction have detected A. salmonicida in the absence of colony-forming units, but cells that are nonculturable may be significant to fish pathology. Furunculosis is probably transmitted by the pathogen's entry into gills, mouth, anus and/or surface injury of fish through contact with infected fish or contaminated water. Disease-control is possible by good husbandry practices, disease-resistant stock, improved diets, nonspecific immunostimulants, antimicrobial compounds and vaccines.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)131-134
    Number of pages4
    JournalTrends in Biotechnology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997


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