This is exactly what we have been seeing in box turtles from Tennessee and North Carolina, possibly Virginia as well. We have sen FV3-like causing these exact signs since 2003 and is a real problem. It is likely the same virus as the tadpoles. I just finished 3 challenge studies in adult sliders that will show very similar things to the ones in the report. I believe that aquatic turtles can be a potential reservoir in addition to salamanders and substrates for the virus and that box turtles are an extremely sensitive species.
I have been expanding the surveillance in turtles to 5 states and several species. We hope to have something for the group soon,
Matt Allender, DVM, MS, Dipl.
Department of Comparative Biosciences
University of Illinois[log in to unmask]
I've been emailing with Scott Farnsworth, the MS student who led the field project. I believe David Green did the diagnostics. About the other questions here is his response.
"working towards publishing on it. As for whether or not it is the same virus, I think you know better even than I do about the debate on that issue. As far as I am aware that is an answer that we just don't have a definitive answer for yet."
Sounds like there will be an NPR report on the research soon.
Sent from my phone; please pardon
I believe David Green was the lead pathologist. David?
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This is indeed terrible, did the people involved published this already, do they know whether it is the same virus that killed the tadpoles and the turtles?
That’s bloody awful. Damn.
A recent story in the Washington Post on ranaviruses.
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