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Leukemia. 1997 Apr;11 Suppl 3:170-1.

Plasmacytoid leukemia of chinook salmon.

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Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada.


Plasmacytoid leukemia is a common disease of seawater pen-reared chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in British Columbia, Canada, but has also been detected in wild salmon, in freshwater-reared salmon in United States, and in salmon from netpens in Chile. The disease can be transmitted under laboratory conditions, and is associated with a retrovirus, the salmon leukemia virus. However, the proliferating plasmablasts are often infected with the microsporean Enterocytozoon salmonis, which may be an important co-factor in the disease.

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