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Infectious disease and amphibian population declines
It is suggested that, in common with many emerging infectious diseases of humans, domestic animals and other wildlife species, emergence of chytridiomycosis may be driven by anthropogenic introduction (pathogen pollution).
Diclofenac poisoning as a cause of vulture population declines across the Indian subcontinent
It is recommended that urgent action is taken in the range states of the three currently threatened vulture species to prevent the exposure of vultures to livestock carcasses contaminated with diclofenac.
Social Organization and Parasite Risk in Mammals: Integrating Theory and Empirical Studies
The effects of host density and social contacts on parasite spread and the importance of promiscuity and mating structure for the spread and evolution of sexually transmitted diseases are reviewed.
Multiple emergences of genetically diverse amphibian-infecting chytrids include a globalized hypervirulent recombinant lineage
It is postulate that contact between previously genetically isolated allopatric populations of Bd may have allowed recombination to occur, resulting in the generation, spread, and invasion of the hypervirulent BdGPL leading to contemporary disease-driven losses in amphibian biodiversity.
Pathological and microbiological findings from incidents of unusual mortality of the common frog (Rana temporaria).
It is hypothesized that primary iridovirus infection, with or without secondary infection with opportunistic pathogens such as A. hydrophila, may cause natural outbreaks of 'red-leg', a disease considered previously to be due to bacterial infection only.
Recent introduction of a chytrid fungus endangers Western Palearctic salamanders
Results show that B. salamandrivorans is restricted to, but highly pathogenic for, salamanders and newts (Urodela), and likely originated and remained in coexistence with a clade of salamander hosts for millions of years in Asia.
A comparison of bats and rodents as reservoirs of zoonotic viruses: are bats special?
  • A. Luis, D. Hayman, C. Webb
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 April 2013
The results point to a new hypothesis to explain in part why bats host more zoonotic viruses per species: the stronger effect of sympatry in bats and more viruses shared between bat species suggests that interspecific transmission is more prevalent among bats than among rodents.
The emerging amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis globally infects introduced populations of the North American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana
The bullfrog is the most commonly farmed amphibian, and escapes and subsequent establishment of feral populations regularly occur, which suggest that the global threat of B. dendrobatidis disease transmission posed by bullfrogs is significant.
Disease Risks of Wildlife Translocations
Threats posed to conservation programs by the translocation of pathogens along with the translocation of host species are being increasingly recognized. However, publications on this subject have