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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF APPROACHES TO PREVENT AND AMELIORATE DISEASES OF CATFISH

Location: Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit

Title: Iron status of channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus affected by channel catfish anemia and response to parenteral iron

Authors
item Camus, A -
item Wise, David -
item Khoo, Lester -
item Shi, J -
item Berghaus, R -

Submitted to: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 30, 2013
Publication Date: January 16, 2014
Citation: Camus, A.C., Wise, D.J., Khoo, L.H., Shi, J., Berghaus, R.D. 2014. Iron status of channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus affected by channel catfish anemia and response to parenteral iron. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 107:241-248.

Interpretive Summary: This manuscript describes the iron status of channel catfish affected by channel catfish anemia and how parenteral iron produced complete recovery and returned the iron indices to within the ranges of normal controls.

Technical Abstract: Originally reported in 1983, channel catfish anemia (CCA), also ‘white lip’ or ‘no blood,’ is a major idiopathic disease affecting commercial production in the Mississippi Delta region of the USA. Affected individuals are characterized by lethargy, anorexia, extreme pallor, and packed cell volumes often below 5%, but a definitive cause for CCA remains elusive. Records from the National Warm water Aquaculture Center (NWAC) reveal that, on average, CCA accounted for 4.7% of case submissions from 1994 to 2012. Known infectious agents, parasites, and perturbations in commonly measured water quality variables have been largely excluded, and research has focused on potential feed-related etiologies, particularly folic acid deficiency. No natural or anthropogenic contaminants have been found in feeds, and no associations have been made to any particular feed brand or formulation, or to the age or condition of the feed itself. Contrary to reports indicating a short clinical course, NWAC records indicate an insidious condition where certain ponds have contained fish diagnosed with CCA for up to 4 consecutive years and individual outbreaks have persisted for at least 5 mo. Investigation into the iron status of CCA affected fish revealed values consistent with iron deficiency anemia, including low-packed cell volume (mean ± SE, 5.6 ± 1.0 vs. 24.8 ± 2.4%), serum iron (35.2 ± 3.5 vs. 104.4 ± 18.5 µg dl-1), liver iron (12.2 ± 2.6 vs. 23.3 ± 4.6 µg g-1), and percent transferrin saturation (14.5 ± 2.7 vs. 26.9 ± 3.1%) in anemic and healthy controls, respectively. Administration of parenteral iron produced complete recovery and returned iron indices to within the ranges of normal controls. Despite these findings, factors predisposing a state of hypoferremia remain unknown.

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