North America Could be the Next Destination for Fungus that affects Salamanders and Newt

November 2, 2014 1:05 PM

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North America Could be the Next Destination for Fungus that affects Salamanders and Newt

A deadly fungus that eats up the skin of salamanders, newts and frogs is causing havoc, as it is killing them in large numbers in Europe. In the Netherlands, the lethal Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans fungus has already caused devastating impact on the wild populations of fire salamanders. It first infects and then eats away the skin of the animals, ultimately leading to death. Most of the salamanders analyzed by the research team died due to infection caused by the deadly fungus.

This same disease causing fungus now is most certainly on its way to the United States. Carly Muletz, researcher at the University of Maryland and the co-author of a recent study on the subject said, "It's a question of when, not if, this fungus reaches North America."

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