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MountainTrue Seeks To Map Whirling Disease With Innovative Technology


Last updated 2/11/2019 at 3:35pm

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The author enjoys one of his favorite outdoor activities, trout fishing in mountain streams.

Whirling disease (Myxobolis cerebralis) is a parasite in the same phylum as jellyfish and is native to Eurasia. Whirling disease became infamous in North America after it harmed some of the continent's best trout fisheries. There was widespread alarm when the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) found whirling disease in the Watauga River in 2015 thanks to an angler's tip. Since then, NCWRC has documented whirling disease in the Elk River, Catawba River, Yadkin River and South Toe River, among others.

Whirling disease has a two-host life cycle. In the myxospore stage, it inf...

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