I wish to spread awareness about a disease
that has struck several times in the recent months. It moves very, very, very fast, often killing within 12-24 hours. Nothing is known about this disease
except that it is a bacterial disease
that causes rapid and acute tissue necropsy and that it seems to strike blue bettas in particular. Several people are working on identifying this disease
, including veterinary student DarkMoon17, but WE NEED YOUR HELP
If you have a betta who develops the following symptoms or dies, please DO NOT DISPOSE OF THE BODY
. It is very important that we have a body to send in for a necropsy. Several people have volunteered to take the bodies to local universities or veterinary clinics near them. All we need you to do is save the body and contact DarkMoon17 or me immediately.
The symptoms of this disease
* graphite gray or near black tissue necropsy that spreads from the bottom of the fins upward to the body within hours
* sudden loss of mobility as the swim bladder is affected
* death or conditions so severe that they require euthanasia within 12-24 hours, occasionally as long as 36 hours
The betta will look something like this:
There have been speculations about what it is, including suggestions that it is an acute strain of columnaris, but NOTHING IS KNOWN FOR CERTAIN. PLEASE DO NOT
post speculations about what this disease
may be unless you have been able to identify the disease
through lab work. Such speculations only cause aggressive debate.
Any and all cooperation is much appreciated as we work to identify this disease
so we can figure out a way to combat it. Thank you very much.