TitleBiosecurity and Health Monitoring at the Zebrafish International Resource Center.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMurray, KN, Varga, ZM, Kent, ML
Volume13 Suppl 1
Date Published2016 07
KeywordsAnimal Husbandry, Animal Welfare, Animals, Animals, Laboratory, Aquaculture, Models, Animal, Oregon, Zebrafish

The Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC) is a repository and distribution center for mutant, transgenic, and wild-type zebrafish. In recent years annual imports of new zebrafish lines to ZIRC have increased tremendously. In addition, after 15 years of research, we have identified some of the most virulent pathogens affecting zebrafish that should be avoided in large production facilities, such as ZIRC. Therefore, while importing a high volume of new lines we prioritize safeguarding the health of our in-house fish colony. Here, we describe the biosecurity and health-monitoring program implemented at ZIRC. This strategy was designed to prevent introduction of new zebrafish pathogens, minimize pathogens already present in the facility, and ensure a healthy zebrafish colony for in-house uses and shipment to customers.

Alternate JournalZebrafish
PubMed ID27031282
PubMed Central IDPMC4931758
Grant ListP40 OD011021 / OD / NIH HHS / United States