A lab contribution (Parrott et al.) published today in the journal EcoHealth surveys chytrid diseases Batrachochytritium dendrobatidis (Bd) and B. salamandrivorans (Bsal) in three mountain ranges in Europe and the Americas. Screening of over 500 salamanders found that Bd was present at low prevalence at most sites, and at high prevalence in the Andean foothills. Bsal was not found at any of the sites, supporting the idea that Bsal is an emergent disease, and that its spread must be prevented to preserve salamander biodiversity.
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