Dr. Richmond Loh (the Fish Vet, Australia) has a new video on how you can help save a Koi that's jumped out of water. See the link below...
Most of us think of the Koi's "slime coat" as the mucus we scrape off when we're looking for parasites under the microscope. We know that this mucus provides the Koi's primary defense against parasites and bacteria, but it turns out it's natural antibiotics may help scientists develop new drugs to treat multidrug-resistant bacteria in people too.
Everyone that keeps fish - whether in a pond or aquarium, needs to know about Mycobacteria! It not only affects a wide range of fish species (including Koi and goldfish), but it's one of the few fish diseases that affects humans as well! While it's not curable in fish, in humans it requires many months of treatments. This video from Fish Vet Dr. Richmond Loh will tell you everything you need to know - but I'll add one more thought - if you have any open sores on your hands, or if you are handling a sick fish - USE GLOVES!
This is an excellent study on the physical effects of stress on fish. It documents visible changes to the gills, heart and other organs.
For those of you who are interested in the status of KHV reports in Japan at the end of 2018, here's the current info (see below). This is from a Japanese Nishikigoi website.
For those of you that might be interested, I am posting a study done in the Czech Republic in 2007 about testing Koi for KHV. They too conclude that the best option is prevention! Scroll down to read the article...
This research describes how monoclonal antibodies were successfully developed for use in diagnosing disease of carp (including Koi). The results are then used to develop specific antibodies to detect Spring Viremia of Carp (SVC). The hope is to develop a vaccination against SVC based on these findings.
It was originally thought that analyzing white blood cells in carp was an indicator of the age of the fish. This study refutes that finding.
This study investigates whether age or weight affects a Koi's resistance to bacterial disease.
When a swab is sent to a lab for a bacterial identification (culture and sensitivity test), an API 20E test is commonly used. But is it missing other pathogenic bacteria?
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