Re: [RML] Tropical Fish Granuloma

Adrian R. Tappin (atappin at ecn.net.au)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:47:55 +1000

At 21:07 16/06/98 +1000, Bruce wrote:
>My understanding is that each species of Mycobacterium is more or less
>specific to a particular group of animals so for example Piscine TB will
>tend to occur for the most part in cold-blooded animals such as fish ,
>reptiles, amphibians etc

Just a little more from the article I referred to earlier:

"The story begins in 1926 when J. D. Aronsen studied a number of salt-water
fish, which had died in the Philadelphia Aquarium, USA. He found that the
fish had a tuberculosis-type disease, with large nodules or ulcers
throughout many of their tissues, eg spleen, liver, kidney, gills, heart and
intestine. From the nodules Aronsen cultured a bacterium which he named
Mycobacterium marinum. Injections of bacteria from culture killed goldfish,
frogs, pigeons and mice but had only minor effects on guinea pigs and rabbits."

Adrian.
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