September 15, 2010
Progress On Vaccine For ‘Ich,’ Bane Of Fish Farms And Home Aquarium Hobbyists
Tests of a potential vaccine against "Ich" "” the dreaded "white-spot" disease that plagues fish in commercial fish farms, public aquariums, pet fish retail outlets, and home aquariums "” are raising hopes for finally controlling the disease, scientists reported at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
"Outbreaks of the parasitic disease caused by Ichthyophthirius (Ich) can result in losses of 50-100 percent of fish," Dehai Xu, Ph.D., said. "The disease is very common, and almost every home fish hobbyist has encountered it. Once the parasite infects fish, and starts growing in the skin, fins, and gills, there is no really effective treatment. Ich causes losses estimated at $50 million annually. It would be much better to prevent the disease."
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