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Opportunistic Infections in Elasmobranchs

Part of the Advances in Environmental Microbiology book series (AEM,volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter describes factors potentially contributing to immunosuppression and thus opportunistic infections in captive and free-ranging cartilaginous fishes. The immune system in sharks is briefly discussed to show the similarities with higher vertebrates with the implications for comparable mechanisms governing immunosuppression. A brief description of stress as a factor inducing immunosuppression is provided. Potentially opportunistic infections with viruses, bacteria, algae, and parasites are discussed separately for elasmobranchs in captivity and in the wild, and their links with stress-inducing stimuli are suggested.

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Borucinska, J. (2016). Opportunistic Infections in Elasmobranchs. In: Hurst, C. (eds) The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic. Advances in Environmental Microbiology, vol 3. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28170-4_3

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