Submitted to: International Symposium on Talipia in Aquaculture
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 13, 2006
Publication Date: September 8, 2006
Citation: Evans, J.J., Klesius, P.H., Shoemaker, C.A., Pasnik, D.J. 2006. Identification and epidemiology of Streptoccocus iniae and S. agalactiae. 7th International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture. Talk/Abstract. September 6-8, 2006. Veracruz, Mexico. Technical Abstract: Despite being known mainly as mammalian disease agents, Streptococcus iniae and S. agalactiae have become recognized as emerging pathogens of wild and cultured fish. The worldwide economic impact of S. iniae and S. agalactiae to the aquaculture industry is estimated in hundreds of millions annually. This presentation will focus on the epizootiological aspects of these pathogens including global distribution, disease signs, fish hosts susceptibility and alternative hosts, sample collection, transport and storage for successful survival and isolation, conventional, automated and molecular diagnostic techniques, antibiotic sensitivities, pathogenicity of different geographic isolates, and environmental influences or parasitism on disease susceptibility. Overall, this talk will chronicle the road from emergence of these piscine pathogens to detection, understanding, treatment and prevention (Klesius et al, this session).