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Aeromonas Infections

Ruth Francis-Floyd

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Aeromonas infections are caused by bacteria which are present in the water all of the time. Usually, when fish get sick with an Aeromonas infection, something has happened to make them susceptible to bacterial invasion. There are several species of Aeromonas which can infect fish. The first is Aeromonas salmonicida, which causes a disease called furunculosis in salmon and trout. This bacteria is not usually of concern for producers of warmwater fish and will not be discussed further in this publication. The two species of Aeromonas which do cause disease in warmwater fish are Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas sobria. The difference between these two bacteria is of greater interest to scientists than of practical importance to producers; thus, they will be referred to collectively as Aeromonas infections or Motile Aeromonas Septicemia (MAS).
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