Vaccination against bacterial kidney disease

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Edited by: Roar GuddingAtle Lillehaug, and Øystein Evensen



Bacterial kidney disease (BKD) of salmonid fishes, caused by Renibacterium salmoninarum, has been recognized as a serious disease in salmonid fishes since the 1930s. This chapter discusses the occurrence and significance, etiology, and pathogenesis of BKD. It then describes the different vaccination procedures and the effects and side-effects of vaccination. Despite years of research, however, only a single vaccine has been licensed for prevention of BKD, and has demonstrated variable efficacy. Therefore, in addition to a presentation of the current status of BKD vaccination, a discussion of potential future directions for BKD vaccine development is included in the chapter. This discussion is focused on the unique characteristics of R. salmoninarum and its biology, as well as aspects of the salmonid immune system that might be explored specifically to develop more effective vaccines for BKD prevention.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Vaccination against bacterial kidney disease
Chapter 22
DOI 10.1002/9781118806913.ch22
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Fish vaccination
First page 255
Last page 272
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