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Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory


The pathogenic penaeid shrimp viruses white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV) are reported for the first time from Argentina. They both occurred in wild crustaceans in Bahia Blanca Estuary, with WSSV detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or real time quantitative PCR (qPCR) methods as infecting samples as high as 56% of the penaeid Artemesia longinaris Bate, 1888, 67% of the grapsoid Cyrtograpsus angulatus Dana, 1851, and 40% of the introduced palaemonid Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902. The highest detected copy number was 39,600 copies/mu g DNA. IHHNV was tested for using PCR in only A. longinaris, in which it infected 30% of the sample. The presence or absence of cuticular white spots, diagnostic features of a chronic WSSV infection, was not a reliable indicator of WSSV detected by PCR or qPCR methods. The qPCR method was more sensitive than three PCR methods for detecting WSSV, presumably because of low copy numbers (< 10(3) copies/mu g DNA) in several hosts. The low numbers may be related to temperature, season, IHHNV co-infection, or perhaps host. Introductions of the viruses could have originated from contamination by infected living animals, frozen products, or from alongshore currents from Brazil bringing the agents from as far away as 1700 or perhaps 5500 km.

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Bulletin of Marine Science





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