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FISH DISEASE CASES DIAGNOSED AND RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS AT THE KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY FISH DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY IN 2015

Christopher Lyvers, John Kelso, Robert Durborow
Kentucky State University
william.lyvers@kysu.edu

Fish mortalities caused by bacteria, parasites and water quality are investigated at the Kentucky State University Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory as a service of the University's Aquaculture Extension Program at no charge to the fish owners. Disease cases have been examined from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and other states. Water quality is also measured as a possible cause of fish mortalities. Approximately 50 disease cases and 50 water quality tests are evaluated each year at the KSU FDDL. Recommendations from the Lab save fish farmers over $1,000 per case, on average, and help to prevent loss of ornamental/pet fish. Interaction between Fish Pathologists (Extension Specialists) and Lab clientele during fish disease cases opens up opportunities for the Extension Specialist to advise the clientele on best management practices for their fish operations. Following are figures showing typical disease cases diagnosed at the KSU FDDL.

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