Whirling Disease is Fortunately Not a Permanent Condition

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Whirling disease caused by Myxobolus cerebralis is a scourge for fish culturists and salmonid biologists, and rumors have circulated for decades that its myxospores remain viable for years. Nehring et al. (2015) used a carefully designed time-delay study that exposed susceptible oligochaetes to myxospores and then measured production of actinospores as evidence of myxospore viability.
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This jounal review originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Fisheries magazine