Risk factors associated with clinical Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) in marine farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in New Brunswick, Canada

Annette Boerlage, Adel Elghafghuf, Henrik Stryhn, K. Larry Hammell

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In a retrospective study of a large number of Atlantic Canadian salmon aquaculture sites between 2006 and 2012, more than half experienced cases of Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) (Boerlage et al., in press). Salmon infections with Renibacterium salmoninarum can be subclinical or clinical. In the latter case there are increased levels of mortality and/or clinical signs (Murray et al., 2011). Transmission of BKD can occur vertically (Evelyn et al., 1984; Lee and Evelyn, 1989) and horizontally (Balfry et al., 1996; Evenden et al., 1993). Little analytical research has been done to establish risk factors for mortality attributed to BKD in marine salmon aquaculture. Objective was to identify production and environmental factors associated with infection transmission leading to clinical BKD at marine sites in eastern Canada.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Veterinary Science
PublisherFrontiers Media S.A.
Publication statusPrint publication - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAquaEpi - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 20 Sep 201622 Sep 2016
Conference number: 1




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