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The Korean Journal of Parasitology 2019;57(4):439-444. doi: https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2019.57.4.439
Kudoa ogawai (Myxosporea: Kudoidae) Infection in Cultured Olive Flounder Paralichthys olivaceus
Sang Phil Shin1,2, Chang Nam Jin1,2, Han Chang Sohn1,2, Jehee Lee1,2
1Department of Marine Life Science, Jeju National University, Jeju Self-Governing Province 63243, Korea
2Fish Vaccine Research Center, Jeju National University, Jeju Self-Governing Province 63243, Korea
* Corresponding Author: Jehee Lee, Email: jehee@jejunu.ac.kr
Received: May 8, 2019;  Revised: July 30, 2019;  Accepted: July 31, 2019.
Since Kudoa septempuntata was identified as a causative agent of food poisoning associated with raw olive flounder Paralichthys olivaceus, interest and concern regarding the parasite have increased. However, there have been no investigations or reports of other Kudoa species infecting the fish (except for K. paralichthys, which infects the brain) in Korea. We found cysts filled with myxospores of Kudoa species in muscles of cultured olive flounder specimens and identified these to the species level. Mature spores were quadrate, measuring 8.7±0.5 μm in length, 9.2±0.4 μm in thickness, and 12.9±0.6 μm in width. The spores containing 4 polar capsules had a length of 2.1±0.2 μm and a width of 1.8±0.3 μm. The partial 18S and 28S rDNA of isolates showed 99-100% similarities with K. ogawai. Using these morphological and molecular analyses, the species was identified as K. ogawai. This study is the first report of K. ogawai infection in cultured olive flounder in Korea.
Key words: Kudoa ogawai, olive flounder, identification, foodborne disease
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