Associated disease risk from the introduced generalist pathogen Sphaerothecum destruens: Management and policy implications.

Andreou, D. and Gozlan, R. E., 2016. Associated disease risk from the introduced generalist pathogen Sphaerothecum destruens: Management and policy implications. Parasitology, 143 (9), pp. 1204-1210.

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Abstract

The rosette agent Sphaerothecum destruens is a novel pathogen, which is currently believed to have been introduced into Europe along with the introduction of the invasive fish topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846). Its close association with P. parva and its wide host species range and associated host mortalities, highlight this parasite as a potential source of disease emergence in European fish species. Here, using a meta-analysis of the reported S. destruens prevalence across all reported susceptible hosts species; we calculated host-specificity providing support that S. destruens is a true generalist. We have applied all the available information on S. destruens and host-range to an established framework for risk-assessing non-native parasites to evaluate the risks posed by S. destruens and discuss the next steps to manage and prevent disease emergence of this generalist parasite.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0031-1820
Uncontrolled Keywords:aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity threat, topmouth gudgeon, Pseudorasbora
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23364
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:11 Apr 2016 09:25
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 13:19

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