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Title: Enteric Septicemia of Catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri)

item Shoemaker, Craig

Submitted to: Compendium
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2006
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Citation: Plumb, J.A., Shoemaker, C.A. 2006. Enteric Septicemia of Catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri). In: Woo PTK and Bruno DW, Editors. Fish Diseases and Disorders, Vol 3, Bacterial and Fungal Infections. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. In: Aquaculture Compendium. Online at

Interpretive Summary: The genus Edwardsiella includes two species of Gram-negative bacteria that cause major disease in fish: Edwardsiella tarda (infects fish and other animals) and Edwardsiella ictaluri (infects fish only). Edwardsiella ictaluri causes enteric septicemia of catfish and is responsible for tens of millions of dollars annually in losses to the channel catfish industry in the United States. This book chapter provides up-to-date information on characterization and diagnostic methods, disease courses and pathology, distribution, epidemiology and control and vaccination strategies for E. ictaluri. Information provided will be useful to fish health researchers and scientists, aquatic animal farmers and students interested in this important pathogen of farm raised catfish.

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