TitleA review of mycobacteriosis in marine fish.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJacobs, JM, Stine, CB, Baya, AM, Kent, ML
JournalJ Fish Dis
Date Published2009 Feb
KeywordsAnimals, Fish Diseases, Fisheries, Fishes, Food Microbiology, Humans, Marine Biology, Mycobacterium, Mycobacterium Infections, Oceans and Seas

Mycobacteriosis is a serious and often lethal disease of fish, affecting a wide range of species globally both in culture and wild settings. Caused by several species of the genus Mycobacterium, the disease has received considerable attention in recent years because of the discovery of new species in piscine hosts, epizootics in wild fisheries, and the ability of a few species to infect humans. The impact of this disease in aquaculture and the aquaria trade has been well reported and there is currently no widely accepted cure other than depopulation and facility disinfection. However, the impact on wild fisheries is poorly understood and may relate to species-specific interactions (host-pathogen) and possibly environmental stressors. In this review, much of what is known about mycobacteriosis in marine fish is summarized with particular attention to an epizootic in striped bass, Morone saxatilis, (Walbaum), in Chesapeake Bay, USA.

Alternate JournalJ Fish Dis
PubMed ID19261041