Immunological Control of Fish Diseases

Immunological Control of Fish Diseases

Marine Biotechnology 12(4):361-79 · March 2010, Bergljot Magnadottir

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Fish are therefore the first animal phyla to possess both an innate and adaptive immune system making them very interesting…


The innate parameters are at the forefront of immune defence in fish and are a crucial factor in disease resistance. The adaptive response of fish is commonly delayed but is essential for lasting immunity and a key factor in successful vaccination. Some of the inherent and external factors that can manipulate the immune system of fish are discussed, the main fish diseases are listed and the pathogenicity and host defence discussed. The main prophylactic measures are covered, including vaccination, probiotics and immunostimulation.


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