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Tail Rot in Fish


TAIL rot is a common disease of fish now believed to be caused by motile Gram-negative bacteria1–3. The identity of such bacteria has not so far been precisely determined. The purpose of this communication is to describe the isolation and identification of the organism responsible for an outbreak of the disease in Buenos Aires.

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  4. Snieszko, S. F. (personal communication, 1963).

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CONROY, D. Tail Rot in Fish. Nature 201, 732–733 (1964).

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