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HIPRA releases manual for disease prevention in fish

April 10, 2024  By Hatchery International staff

HIPRA, a biotechnological pharmaceutical company has released a new fish necropsy manual for disease prevention.

According to HIPRA, the early identification of diseases is crucial for implementing control measures and preventing the spread of pathogens. “However, the quality of samples is essential to obtain a robust and representative diagnosis of the health status of a specific farm,” the company said.

The manual addresses the following: 

External and Internal Examination
The manual is said to help detect problems at an early stage. Properly conducting fish necropsies assists in quickly identifying issues before they spread throughout the population.


Rapid Diagnostic Techniques
The manual addresses the need for quick diagnostics. It provides detailed guidelines on how to perform tests and rapid examinations that yield preliminary results in the field.

Sampling for Bacteriology and PCR
The manual includes instructions on how to collect tissue samples for subsequent bacteriological and molecular analysis using PCR.

Sample Shipment to the Laboratory
The manual provides guidance on how to securely package and label samples and how to document all necessary information for analysis to reduce the possibility of errors in the laboratory and expedite the diagnostic process.

Fish Shipment to the Laboratory (Alive and Dead)
In situations requiring a more comprehensive diagnosis or when assessing the health of a group of fish, the manual also covers how to send fish to the laboratory. It talks about keeping fish alive during transportation and how to handle dead fish properly to preserve their integrity until they arrive at the laboratory. 

The Necropsy Manual is available in English, Greek, and Turkish.

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