Experimental study of the susceptibility of two marine fish species, sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), to viral hemorrhagic septicaemia.

Castric, J. and de Kinkelin, P.
Below 15 degree C, sea bass (D. labrax)and turbot (S. maximus) were demonstrated to be susceptible to viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus when experimentally infected by the water route and by intraperitoneal injection. High doses of injected virus resulted in more than 90% mortality in both species while losses in both-infected fish were as high as 50%. Diseased fish displayed classical signs of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia, and large numbers of virus were recovered from their organs. Neutralizing antibodies were also detected in the sera of the sea bass that survived the infection.
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