- Chytridiomycosis is an emerging infectious disease of amphibians caused by an aquatic fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).
- Over the past 30 years, Bd has caused the catastrophic decline or extinction of at least 200 species of frogs around the world.
- Scientists believe Bd may be responsible for the greatest disease-caused loss of biodiversity in recorded history.
- Chytridiomycosis thickens an amphibian’s skin and interferes with its breathing and drinking mechanism.
- Humans may accidentally spread Bd by transporting infected frogs through global wildlife trade networks or releasing them into the wild.
- Bd spreads by direct contact and can survive inside aquaria even in the absence of frogs. Make sure your frog is Bd free before placing adding it to a tank with other amphibians.
- Call your local veterinarian if you believe your pet maybe infected with Bd
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