Bacteria causing US catfish epidemic traced to China


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 5, 2014

Since 2009, catfish farming in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas in the US has been seriously impacted by an emerging strain of Aeromonas hydrophila bacteria that causes serious infection — leading to death in as little as 12 hours.

Researchers have found that the bacterium causing the epidemic is closely related to organisms found in diseased grass carp in China.

A hydrophila, which can be found in both fresh and brackish water, only affects fish that are stressed or injured.

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