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Diagnostic Test For Chytridiomycosis

Diagnostic Test For Chytridiomycosis:

Scientists developed a diagnostic test for Chytridiomycosis.

  • Chytridiomycosis is a fungal disease in frog populations.
  • It has caused severe declines in over 500 frog species and led to 90 extinctions, making it the deadliest animal disease known.
  • It infects frogs skin.
  • This damages their ability to balance water and salt levels.
  • The disease originated in Asia,It spread globally through amphibian trade and travel.
  • Mortality rate- extremely high.
  • Some amphibian species have some form of natural immune resistance and do not become sick when they carry the fungus.
  • This Immunity might come from anti-microbial chemicals within the skin, symbiotic bacteria on the skin, white blood cells and antibodies in the blood, or combinations of these mechanisms.
  • So far, no clear trend has been found between resistance and immune function.