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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2006, Vol 6, Num, 1     (Pages: 63-78)

Rickettsial Infections of Fish

Sema A. Yuksel 1 ,Kim D. Thompson 2 ,Alexsandra Adams 2

1 Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey
2 Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, UK
Viewed : 3877 - Downloaded : 3865 Piscirickettsia salmonis, the aetiological agent of piscirickettsiosis, has recently been responsible for significant disease outbreaks in a variety of economically important freshwater and seawater fish species cultured worldwide. However, the development of effective control strategies for the disease has been limited due to a lack of knowledge about the physiology, intracellular growth, transmission and pathogenesis of the organism.

The review presented here looks at important issues relating to P. salmonis such as recent progress in classifying the bacterium taxonomically, examining its transmission of infection, and considering methods to detect or identify the bacterium in infected fish or in the environment. We also look at current approaches for treatment and control of Pisciricketsiosis. Keywords : Piscirickettsia salmonis, Rickettsia, Fish Disease, Pisciricketsiosis