Diseases and Medications - Parasites, Bacteria, Viruses, Medications, Treatments, Stress, Pathogens

Bet you never thought this was possible - the Aussie scientists of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Org) are actually considering introducing KHV as a means to control unwanted carp!  And yes, that's the same species as our Koi!  Read the full article by clicking on the title or picture...

While most common in fancy goldfish, most of us have seen Koi that have compromised swim bladders.  They either can't dive, or have trouble getting off the bottom.  This interesting article on Swim Bladder disease was posted on The Fish Channel.com, and written by Dr. Chad Harris, DVM on November 4th 2015.  Read the full article by clicking on the title or picutre.

You've all heard of KHV and perhaps less frequently of SVC, but did you know there's a 3rd deadly virus that affects our Koi, and it's spreading...  Read more by clicking on the picture or title...  This article was dated June 16, 2015.

Disease often spreads through all the Koi in a pond, and overcrowded conditions often excacerbate the problem.  A new study looks at how bacterial disease spreads.  Learn more by clicking on the title or picture...

One of the less common bacteria, but one that is seen in Koi, is Mycobacteria.  Read more about it by clicking on the picture or title...

This article explains the technology that makes it possible to test for current and past infections of any known human virus with a single drop of blood.  It doesn't seem much of a leap to be able to test the known Carp viruses (there aren't that many) once the genomes have been sequenced.  This could be an ideal tool to help Koi keepers in the future.  We'll keep watching this technology to see how it progresses.  Full story can be read by clicking the title or picture above.

Read this article about the recognition of Aquatic Veterinary Medicine, by clicking on the picture or title...

Veterinarians have criticised EU rules on organic farming that demands that fish are treated with homoeopathic remedies.  In line with EU regulations, the first line of treatment for organic fish should be 'substances from plants, animals or minerals in a homeopathic dilution.'  British and Norwegian vets have called the directives 'scientifically illiterate', saying that the use of homeopathy could lead to 'serious animal health and welfare detriment.'  Read more after the break...

Most K.O.I. students can tell you that the problem of resistant bacteria starts with a less than total kill when using antibiotics.  That's why you MUST always use all the prescribed doses for the prescribed amount of time!  Studies are being undertaken to understand the genetic foundation for resistance to antibiotics in bacterial isolated from fish.  Read more after the break...

This article appeared March 7th in the Howard Houghes Medical Institute news.  While the article is about the virus as it pertains to people, KHV is a herpes virus that affects Koi.  The hope is that if scientists are making progress on combating the herpes virus, this will trickle-down to something useful for our Koi!  Full article after the break...

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