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Deadly fungus decimating world’s frog species

Posted by feww on November 9, 2011

Chytridiomycosis caused by Chytrid fungus has already wiped out several species

Chytridiomycosis is responsible for extinctions or near extinction of a number of amphibian species in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Americas, Europe, Oceania and the Caribbean.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 9

[November 9, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,589 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters:

  • Chytridiomycosis, a deadly infectious disease of amphibians caused by Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has wiped out several species of frogs.
    • The disease is a major cause of a global decline in amphibian populations, which has affected at least a third of the global amphibian species.
    • The fungus is capable of causing up to 100% mortality in amphibian populations.
    • “Chytrid is one of the most devastating wildlife diseases with the largest host range of any, and responsible for dozens of species extinctions and many more extirpations of local populations,” said a researcher in the UK.
  • New England, USA.  The large number of seal deaths that have occurred along the New England coast since September 1, have been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME), NOAA reported.
    • At least 146 deadly seals strandings in Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts were reported between between Sept. 1 to Nov. 3, 2011, which is more than three times the annual average.
    • Most of the animals were harbor seals less than a year old.
    • “Preliminary pathology, biotoxin and virology analysis has been conducted on samples from five seals examined by the New England Aquarium.  Samples from the five seals has tested positive for the Influenza A virus, while test results for six other viral pathogens and biotoxins were negative.” NOAA reported.
    • “Even though preliminary results have been received, they are only indicative of those five cases.”
  • Montana, USA. An outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is decimating the white-tailed deer population in central and eastern Montana.
  • The EHD virus is transmited by the Culicoides biting gnats.
  • “This year we have heard reports of lots of dead deer in regions four, five, six and seven,” said Ray Mulé, a wildlife manager for Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Billings. “I would say we have seen die-offs in some areas that are at 50 percent or higher. When we start seeing those kinds of numbers, it is a severe outbreak.”
  • Vermont, USA. The White Houses has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on May 20, 2011.
    • The worst hit counties were Franklin, Washington, and Windham.
  • District of Columbia, USA. The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the District of Columbia in the area affected by an earthquake during the period of August 23-28, 2011.

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