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The Fish Health Program conducts science focused on understanding the control, distribution and severity of infectious diseases affecting hatchery and wild fish. Our research projects are national and international in scope but have a major focus on fish health issues in the western landscapes of the Columbia River, Puget Sound and Klamath Basin.

BKD Protocols

BKD Protocols

Protocols for the Detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum in salmon

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Tribal Collaborations

Tribal Collaborations

The Fish Health Program has a strong commitment to respond to requests for research and technical support from Tribal fisheries agencies.

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News

Date published: December 13, 2017

Western Fisheries Science News, November 2017 | Issue 5.11

USGS and Chinese Fish Health Specialists Meet in the People's Republic of China to Discuss Fish Health

Date published: April 6, 2016

Western Fisheries Science News, March 2016 | Issue 4.3

Understanding the Effects of Temperature on Diseases in Fish

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Exploration of the 2016 Yellowstone River fish kill and proliferative kidney disease in wild fish populations

Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is an emerging disease that recently resulted in a large mortality event of salmonids in the Yellowstone River (Montana, USA). Total PKD fish mortalities in the Yellowstone River were estimated in the tens of thousands, which resulted in a multi‐week river closure and an estimated economic loss of US$500,000....

Hutchins, Patrick Ross; Sepulveda, Adam J.; Hartikainen, Hanna; Staigmiller, Ken D.; Opitz, Scott T.; Yamamoto, Renee M.; Huttinger, Amberly; Cordes, Rick J.; Weiss, Tammy; Hopper, Lacey R.; Purcell, Maureen K.; Okamura, Beth

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Year Published: 2021

Fish Rhabdoviruses (Rhabdoviridae)

The family Rhabdoviridae currently has 18 genera accepted by the International Committee for Virus Taxonomy (ICTV), and three of those genera contain fish rhabdoviruses. In the genera Novirhabdovirus, Sprivivirus, and Perhabdovirus all viruses infect fish hosts, and there are no fish viruses in any of the other 15 rhabdovirus genera. In the...

Kurath, Gael; Stone, David B.
Kurath, G. and D. Stone. 2021. Volume 2 - Viruses as Infectious Agents: Human and Animal Viruses -- Fish Rhabdoviruses (Rhabdoviridae), pages 324-331 in Dennis H. Bamford and Mark Zukerman (eds.), Encyclopedia of Virology, Fourth Edition. Academic Press, Elsevier Ltd. ISBN: 9780128145159.

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Neither microcystin, nor nodularin, nor cylindrospermopsin directly interact with human toll-like receptors

Various stressors including temperature, environmental chemicals, and toxins can have profound impacts on immunity to pathogens. Increased eutrophication near rivers and lakes coupled with climate change are predicted to lead to increased algal blooms. Currently, the effects of cyanobacterial toxins on disease resistance in mammals is a largely...

Hansen, John; Loftin, Keith; Laughrey, Zachary; Adamovsky, Ondrei