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SRAC# 473

Use of Medicated Feed in Food Fish (Revised 1996)

Robert M. Durborow and Ruth Francis-Floyd

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Bacteria are tiny, single-celled organisms which are continually present in the water, soil, and air. Most bacteria are beneficial (e.g., they help digest foods and break down ammonia, nitrite, and organic debris in the environment). There are a number of different bacteria that cause disease in cultured freshwater food fish such as catfish, salmon, and trout. In aquaculture, many bacterial diseases of fish can be successfully treated with medicated feeds. However, prevention through good management practices is the best control measure for bacterial diseases.
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