Mehdi Raissy*, Hasan Momtaz, Mahsa Ansari and Manouchehr Moumeni
Distribution of infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN) was studied in rainbow trout fish farms in Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Province which is a major trout culture region in Iran. Overall 150 suspected rainbow trout fry with less than 3 g body weight from 30 fish farms in Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Province, Iran, were studied and fishes of 10 hatcheries (33.3% of all studied farms) found to be infected with IHNV. Reverse transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) was applied to the detection of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) using primer pairs. The product of 371 bp was amplified from the RNA extracts of infected organs of suspected fish. DNA sequencing of the PCR products demonstrated specificity of the amplification. The RT-PCR was found to be a simple, highly specific and sensitive method allowing diagnosis of IHN in a short time.
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