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DAO 145:15-20 (2021)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03589

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Emergence of a bufonid herpesvirus in a population of the common toad Bufo bufo in Germany

Tobias Eisenberg1,2,6,*, Hans-Peter Hamann3, Carina Reuscher4, Axel Kwet2, Katja Klier-Heil5, Benjamin Lamp4

1Justus-Liebig-University, Institute of Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of Animals, Frankfurter Str. 89-91, 35392 Giessen, Germany
2German Herpetological Society (DGHT), Haldenstrasse 28, 70736 Fellbach, Germany
3Hessian State Laboratory (LHL), Schubertstrasse 60, 35392 Giessen, Germany
4Justus-Liebig-University, Institute of Virology, Schubertstrasse 81 (BFS), 35392 Giessen, Germany
5Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Am Orlespfad 1, 63683 Ortenberg, Germany
6Present address: Hessian State Laboratory (LHL), Schubertstrasse 60, 35392 Giessen, Germany
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ABSTRACT: Bufonid herpesvirus 1 (BfHV1) was initially described in 2014 from cases of mortalities and dermatitis in Swiss populations of the common toad Bufo bufo. We identified a closely related herpesvirus strain in a German common toad population affected by an ongoing epidemic of multifocal proliferative to ulcerative skin disease since 2018.


KEY WORDS: Bufonid herpesvirus 1 · Common toad · Bufo bufo · Emerging disease · Amphibian decline · Amphibian disease


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Cite this article as: Eisenberg T, Hamann HP, Reuscher C, Kwet A, Klier-Heil K, Lamp B (2021) Emergence of a bufonid herpesvirus in a population of the common toad Bufo bufo in Germany. Dis Aquat Org 145:15-20. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03589

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