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  •  It was the global frog trade that was the problem (5+ / 0-)

    Peter Daszak's team at EcoHealth Alliance (at that time it was called the Wildlife Trust) was instrumental in cracking the chytridiomycosis mystery.  Peter is a great guy and everyone should definitely follow EcoHealth Alliance and their work on detecting and predicting emerging pathogens.  Peter has a few articles in the recent Lancet issue on this very topic.  He is dedicated to tracking the impact of wild and domestic animal health on human health as well as land use changes.  

    For the frogs, it was discovered that the global frog trade (yes it does exist) was one of the big drivers for spreading this particular disease.  Some amphibian populations are on the rebound, but others are probably nearly extinct.  So, if you buy exotic frogs, make they come from a reputable dealer.  There is an organization that was started to track this and I cannot remember the name off the top of my head.

    "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

    by Mote Dai on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:34:38 PM PST

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