Hugh W. Ferguson

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Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) was diagnosed in rainbow trout in the UK in May 2006. VHS virus (VHSV) was isolated from fingerlings showing typical histopathological lesions at a single rainbow trout farm site experiencing high mortality. The virus was confirmed as VHSV by serological and molecular biological tests. Phylogenetic analysis based on the(More)
Oxytetracycline pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution were studied in rainbow trout following bolus i.v. administration at 5 mg/kg. The mean serum (log) drug concentration data were plotted against time (linear). The decay curve was described by a three-component exponential decay function and a three-compartment model. The t1/2 of rapid distribution was(More)
The present study identifies an emerging disease associated with an aquatic Francisella-like bacterium that can cause mortality in hybrid striped bass Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis reared intensively in freshwater. Clinically affected fish were lethargic, had scattered haemorrhagic cutaneous lesions and diffuse gill pallor. The head kidney and spleen were(More)
European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax from the Mediterranean were diagnosed with a severe encephalitis. Rickettsia-like organisms (RLOs) were associated with brain lesions in routine paraffin sections. These were found to share common antigens with the Piscirickettsia salmonis type-strain, LF-89, by indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) and by(More)
Gill mucin from rainbow trout was isolated utilizing two rounds of cesium chloride density ultracentrifugation followed by gel filtration on Sepharose CL-2B. Neither density ultracentrifugation nor gel filtration alone was sufficient for purification of the mucin. Isolated gill mucin had a density of 1.5 g/ml and eluted at the void volume of the Sepharose(More)
Studies on the ultrastructural morphogenesis of viruses give an insight into how the host cell mechanisms are utilized for new virion synthesis. A time course examining salmonid alphavirus 1 (SAV 1) assembly was performed by culturing the virus on Chinook salmon embryo cells (CHSE-214). Different stages of viral replication were observed under electron(More)