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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2012  |  Volume: 15  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 600 - 603

Occurrence of Plesiomonas shigelloides in Cultured Red Hybrid Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) from Tropical Rivers, East Coast Malaysia

M. Nadirah, H.H. Ruhil, K.C.A. Jalal and M. Najiah

Abstract

A total of 182 isolates of Plesiomonas shigelloides were identified from 40 healthy red hybrid tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus cultured at two important rivers in Terengganu, Malaysia namely Como River and Terengganu River from east coast Malaysia. P. shigelloides count in Digestive Tract Content (DTC) and Muscle (MUS) of red hybrid tilapia cultured at Terengganu River was 1000-fold higher than Como River. Antibiotic susceptibility test was also performed on Plesiomonas shigelloides isolates. The incidence of antibiotic resistance was higher in Plesiomonas shigelloides isolated from red hybrid tilapia cultured at Terengganu River compared to Como river. Thus, the findings of the study indicate that P. shigelloides from tilapia muscle and an intestine could be an alarming for serious public health risk to consumers.

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