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DAO 92:89-91 (2010)  -  DOI:

Contribution to the DAO Special 'Chytridiomycosis: An emerging disease'

Amphibian chytridiomycosis

Alex D. Hyatt1,*, Richard Speare2, Andrew A. Cunningham3, Cynthia Carey4

1CSIRO, Livestock Industries, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
2James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
3Institute of Zoology, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY, UK
4Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0354, USA

ABSTRACT: Amphibian chytridiomycosis is a fungal disease caused by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. It is arguably the most significant recorded infectious disease of any vertebrate class. The disease is reducing amphibian biodiversity across most continents and regions of the world, affecting the resilience of surviving populations and driving multiple species to extinction. It is now recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as an internationally notifiable disease. Collaborative research in areas including the development of diagnostic assays, distribution and impact of the disease, and management (treatment and policy) has assisted in leading a paradigm shift in accepting infectious disease as a major factor influencing wildlife population stability and biodiversity.

KEY WORDS: Chytridiomycosis · Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Amphibian · Fungus · Chytrid

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Cite this article as: Hyatt AD, Speare R, Cunningham AA, Carey C (2010) Amphibian chytridiomycosis. Dis Aquat Org 92:89-91.

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