Historical control clinical trial to assess the ...

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Title Historical control clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of teflubenzuron for treating sea lice on Atlantic salmon
Author(s) P. J. Campbell, K. Larry Hammell, Ian R. Dohoo, G. Ritchie
Journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Date 2006
Volume 70
Issue 1-2
Start page 109
End page 114
Abstract A historical control clinical trial was performed to assess the effectiveness of teflubenzuron in controlling sea lice Lepeoptheirus salmonis burdens on farmed Atlantic salmon Salmo salar over time. The study site comprised 9 sea cages, all of which were treated. The teflubenzuron was administered in the feed, at a dosage of 10 mg kg(-1) biomass d(-1), over a treatment period of 7 d. At 1 wk post-treatment, sea lice chalimus and mobile stages were reduced by 92 and 74% (both p < 0.001), respectively. At 2 wk post-treatment, chalimus stages were reduced by 41% and mobile stages 61% (both p < 0.001) compared to pre-treatment levels. At 3 wk post-treatment, chalimus stages were still 36% (p < 0.001) lower than pre-treatment levels, but mobile stages had increased to above pre-treatment levels. Our results show that the effects of teflubenzuron are limited to a 3 wk duration, but that with appropriate management, farms could benefit from these reduced lice burdens for longer periods.
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