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Emerg Infect Dis. 1999 Nov-Dec;5(6):735-48.

Emerging infectious diseases and amphibian population declines.

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  • 1Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA. daszak@arches.uga.edu

Abstract

We review recent research on the pathology, ecology, and biogeography of two emerging infectious wildlife diseases, chytridiomycosis and ranaviral disease, in the context of host-parasite population biology. We examine the role of these diseases in the global decline of amphibian populations and propose hypotheses for the origins and impact of these panzootics. Finally, we discuss emerging infectious diseases as a global threat to wildlife populations.

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10603206
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PMC2640803
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