Dr. Gael Kurath
U.S. Geological Survey
Western Fisheries Research Center
6505 N.E. 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Molecular epidemiology of Aquatic Pathogens (MEAP) IHNV database
What the MEAP-IHNV database is:
The MEAP-IHNV database contains over 1000 records that provide background information and genetic sequencing data for individual isolates of the fish virus Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV). The database focuses on IHNV isolates collected throughout Western North America from 1966 to the present. It also includes a smaller number of IHNV isolates from Eastern Russia, and in the future we will add a small number of representative IHNV isolates from Europe and Asia. The purpose of this database is to provide access to detailed data for all parties interested in IHNV molecular epidemiology, such as fish health professionals, fish culture facility managers, and academic researchers. The database has flexible search capabilities and generates various output formats, including tables and maps, that we hope will assist users in developing and testing hypotheses about how IHNV moves across aquatic landscapes and changes over time. By engaging the expertise of the broader community of colleagues interested in IHNV, our goal is to enhance the overall understanding of IHNV epidemiology, including defining sources of disease outbreaks and viral emergence events, identifying virus traffic patterns and potential reservoirs, and understanding how human management of salmonid fish culture impacts disease. Ultimately this knowledge will be used to develop new strategies to reduce the impact of IHN disease in cultured and wild fish.