Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans and the risk of a second amphibian pandemic

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Amphibians are experiencing devastating population declines globally. A major driver is chytridiomycosis, an emerging infectious disease caused by the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). Bdwas described in 1999 and has been linked with declines since the 1970s, while Bsal is a more recently discovered pathogen that was described in 2013. It is hypothesized that Bsaloriginated in Asia and spread via international trade to Europe, where it has been linked to salamander die-offs. Trade in live amphibians thus represents a significant threat to global biodiversity in amphibians. We review the current state of knowledge regarding Bsal and describe the risk of Bsal spread. We discuss regional responses to Bsal and barriers that impede a rapid, coordinated global effort. The discovery of a second deadly emerging chytrid fungal pathogen in amphibians poses an opportunity for scientists, conservationists, and governments to improve global biosecurity and further protect humans and wildlife from a growing number of emerging infectious diseases.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans and the risk of a second amphibian pandemic
Series title EcoHealth
DOI 10.1007/s10393-017-1278-1
Volume 14
Issue 4
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 14 p.
First page 851
Last page 864
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