ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-160317-4
Controlling Endemic Pathogens-Challenges and Opportunities
Hobbs, M.R., Shankaran, S.S., James, W.L.
Date: 2016
Source: Zebrafish   13 Suppl 1: S66-71 (Other)
Registered Authors: Shankaran, Sunita Sathy
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture*
  • Fish Diseases/microbiology
  • Fish Diseases/prevention & control*
  • Microsporidia/physiology
  • Microsporidiosis/microbiology
  • Microsporidiosis/prevention & control
  • Microsporidiosis/veterinary*
  • Myxozoa/physiology
  • Parasitic Diseases, Animal/parasitology
  • Parasitic Diseases, Animal/prevention & control
  • Utah
  • Zebrafish*
PubMed: 26982004 Full text @ Zebrafish
By most measures, the University of Utah Centralized Zebrafish Animal Resource is a successful zebrafish core facility: we house ∼4000-5000 tanks for over 16 research groups; provide services and equipment for ∼150 users; are currently undergoing an expansion by 3000 tanks; and have been praised by institutional and national regulatory agencies for the cleanliness and efficiency of our facility. In recent years, we have implemented new programs to improve the overall health of our colony and believe we have seen a reduction in apparently sick fish. However, there are still deficiencies in our monitoring and pathogen control programs. Our histopathology sample sizes have been insufficient to estimate prevalence, but our sentinel tank program reveals the presence of Pseudoloma neurophilia and myxozoan, presumably Myxidium streisinger, in our facility. As we develop protocols to further reduce the burden of disease, we are focused on defining our baseline, establishing goals, and implementing methods to monitor our progress. The data generated by this approach will allow us to evaluate and implement the most cost-effective protocols to improve fish health.