Chytridiomycosis requires a global response

Skerratt, L.F., Speare, R., McDonald, K., Berger, L., Alford, R., Mendez, D., Young, S., Rowley, J., Phillott, A., Cashins, S., Hines, H., Kenyon, N., Townsend, S., Campbell, R., Webb, R., Voyles, J., and Puschendorf, R. (2006) Chytridiomycosis requires a global response. In: Proceedings of the 11th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics. From: ISVEE 11: 11th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, 6-11 August 2011, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Chytridiomycosis, an emerging pandemic infectious disease of amphibians, is capable of causing high mortality in susceptible amphibians in many environments, even resulting in extinction of species. It is possible that this disease has led to the global decline of 207 species of frogs and extinction of up to 122 since 1980. Australia has led the world in response to this disease, which is undoubtedly the most important disease affecting global vertebrate biodiversity in recorded history. The global nature of the disease also demonstrates the need for an international response that is not limited by geopolitical boundaries and economies. International bodies like the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) need to collaborate and take the lead in coordinating a global plan. It is likely that chytridiomycosis has been spread by global trade. If we are to halt a return to Pangaea and the inevitable loss of biodiversity that will result, we will need to make biosecurity a priority for both wildlife and domestic animals.

Item ID: 51281
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
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The paper analyses current knowledge and management actions and makes novel recommendations based on this analysis.

Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 01:42
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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