Diseases of wild and farmed Finfish

Some fish and shellfish diseases of particular significance in Scotland.

A single stranded RNA virus in the family Rhabdoviridae affecting all varieties of common carp. Outbreaks can occur when water temperatures increase about 7°C in Spring time, although not exclusive to this season.

SVCV infection on FHM cell line

Clinical signs include darkening of the skin, swollen eyes, abdominal swelling, pale gills, and trailing faecal casts.

The diagnostic methods include:

  • Virus Isolation
  • Immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT)
  • Enyzme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
  • Molecular and sequencing

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