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Emerging disease in UK amphibians
  1. Andrew A. Cunningham1,
  2. Katie Beckmann1,
  3. Matthew Perkins1,
  4. Liam Fitzpatrick1,
  5. Ruth Cromie2,
  6. Jay Redbond2,
  7. Michelle F. O'Brien2,
  8. Pria Ghosh3,
  9. Jennifer Shelton3 and
  10. Matthew C. Fisher3
  1. 1Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
  2. 2Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT
  3. 3Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG
  1. e-mail: a.cunningham{at}

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THE recently discovered fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans is causing the rapid loss of infected fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) populations in continental Europe (Martel and others 2013). The fungus is thought to be endemic to Asia, with introduction to Europe via the pet trade. Many species of salamander and newt (urodeles) have been shown experimentally to be …

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