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Molecular epidemiology of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in the Great Lakes region

Fact Sheet 2008-3003

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Abstract

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) is considered by many nations and international organizations to be one of the most important viral pathogens of finfish (Office International des Epizooties 2007). For several decades following its initial characterization in the 1950s, VHSV was thought to be limited to Europe where it was regarded as an endemic pathogen of freshwater fish that was especially problematic for farmed rainbow trout, an introduced species (Wolf 1988; Smail 1999). Subsequently, it was shown that VHSV was present among many species of marine and anadromous fishes in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans where it has been associated with substantial mortality among both wild and cultured fish (Meyers and Winton 1995; Skall et al. 2005).

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Molecular epidemiology of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in the Great Lakes region
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2008-3003
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Western Fisheries Research Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Great Lakes
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N