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Blackworms and whirling disease?
- To: <KillieTalk at aka_org>
- Subject: Blackworms and whirling disease?
- From: "Paul Jarvis" <mantis at daktel_com>
- Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 10:43:30 -0700
- Importance: Normal
- In-Reply-To: <200004160928.FAA20207 at actwin_com>
Speaking of blackworms...
Have any of you thought about the fact that blackworms (tubificids) are
intermediate hosts for the organism which causes whirling disease?
Fishing birds eat fish which are infected with the whirling disease (which
destroys cartilage), the organism is passed through the bird with the feces.
THe feces is dropped into the water where the blackworms feed on it,
ingesting the M. cerebralis organism. Fish then feed on the
blackworm(host)and become infected with the whirling disease.
JUst wondering what you all thought?
Perhaps the blackworms you use are raised in situations free of
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