Detection of snake fungal disease due to Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in Virginia, USA

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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Abstract

Snake fungal disease (SFD) is an emerging disease of wildlife believed to be caused by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola. Although geographic and host ranges have yet to be determined, this disease is characterized by crusty scales, superficial pustules, and subcutaneous nodules, with subsequent morbidity and mortality in some snake species. To confirm the presence of SFD and O. ophiodiicola in snakes of eastern Virginia, USA, we clinically examined 30 free-ranging snakes on public lands from April to October 2014. Skin biopsy samples were collected from nine snakes that had gross lesions suggestive of SFD; seven of these biopsies were suitable for histologic interpretation, and eight were suitable for culture and PCR detection of O. ophiodiicola. Seven snakes had histologic features consistent with SFD and were positive for O. ophiodiicola by PCR or fungal culture.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Detection of snake fungal disease due to Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in Virginia, USA
Series title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
DOI 10.7589/2015-04-093.1
Volume 52
Issue 1
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Disease Association
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 7 p.
First page 143
Last page 149
Country United States
State Virginia
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N