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Title Massive mortality of common carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio) in the St. Lawrence River in 2001: diagnostic investigation and experimental induction of lymphocytic encephalitis
Author(s) S. Monette, A. D. Dallaire, M. Mingelbier, David B. Groman, C. Uhland, J. P. Richard, G. Paillard, L. M. Johannson, D. P. Chivers, H. W. Ferguson, F. A. Leighton, E. Simko
Journal Veterinary Pathology
Date 2006
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 302
End page 310
Abstract A massive fish kill affecting exclusively common carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio) in the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, Canada, during the summer of 2001 was investigated by use of laboratory diagnostic methods and by an attempt to experimentally induce the disease. The ultimate causes of mortality were opportunistic bacterial infections with Aeromonas hydrophila and Flavobacterium sp. secondary to immunosuppression induced by physiologic (i.e., spawning) and environmental (i.e., high temperatures and low water levels) stressors, and possibly enhanced by an infection causing lymphocytic encephalitis observed in 9 of 18 (50%) fish examined. Experimental induction of disease was attempted in captured wild carp by administration of crude and filtered (particulate <0.22 micro m) inocula prepared from a homogenate of tissues from carp affected by the natural outbreak. Although significant clinical disease or mortality was not induced by experimental challenge, lymphocytic encephalitis similar to the one observed in naturally affected carp was induced in four of seven (57%) fish administered crude inoculum and four of seven (57%) fish administered filtered inoculum. None of the control fish inoculated with sterile phosphate-buffered saline (n=6) were affected by encephalitis. The cause of the encephalitis observed in carp from the natural outbreak and in experimentally inoculated fish could not be determined by use of virus isolation and transmission electron microscopy..
DOI 10.1354/vp.43-3-302

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