Kudoa infections have recently become a serious concern in Japanese fisheries. Some species not only cause fish diseases and reduce the commodity value of fish, but also affect human health. We investigated whether the ultraviolet (UV) treatment of culture water prevented infections with two species of Kudoa, K. yasunagai and K. amamiensis, in Seriola lalandi and S. quinqueradiata, respectively. Rearing in untreated filtered seawater resulted in high infection rates, suggesting that the physical filtration systems used in this study did not sufficiently remove the infective stages of these Kudoa species. In contrast, commercially available UV irradiation system effectively prevented the infections with K. yasunagai and K. amamiensis.
2014 The Japanese Society of Fish Pathology