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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 6952
Title: Case report of kidney disease in a wild chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, in the sea
Author: Richard W. Ellis, Anthony J. Novotny, Lee W. Harrell
Publication Year: 1978
Journal: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 120-123

An immature chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) that had spent two winters at sea was found in a Puget Sound beach zone.  Necropsy indicated the fish was infected with bacterial kidney disease (BKD).  This is the first report of BKD from a wild fish in the marine environment.  

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