Fish Diseases Transmitted to Humans

Notes from a talk given to the Saltwater Enthusiasts Association of the Bay Area (SEABay) by Adrian Lawler, Ph.D.
(retired) Aquarium Supervisor (l984-l998) J. L. Scott Aquarium Biloxi, MS
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...Finally, in this short presentation, I would like to briefly discuss fish tank diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Some can be difficult to cure and some diseases can be quickly FATAL.

Fish TB (MYCOBACTERIUM MARINUM), also called fish tuberculosis, fish tank granuloma, swimming pool granuloma. Related to human TB and leprosy.

VIBRIO infections.

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ERYSIPELOTHRIX RHUSIOPATHIAE, also known as erythema migrans, fish-handler's disease, fish poisoning, fish hand, sealer's finger, whale finger, blubber finger, etc.

SALMONELLA... over 1600 serotypes identified.

MAD FISH DISEASE ... caused by STREPTOCOCCUS INIAE.

Those people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for getting the above infections. So people with AIDS, diabetes, liver dysfunction, kidney problems, or undergoing cancer treatment, etc. should be especially careful. (SEE: Hubbert et al. Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Man. Charles C. Thomas, Publisher. ISBN 0-398-03056-1)

Toxins produced by RED TIDE organisms and PFIESTERIA PISCICIDA can affect humans in various ways.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Adrian Lawler, Aquarium Supervisor (1984-1998, retired), JL Scott Aquarium, Biloxi, MS 39530 (alawler@hotmail.com)


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