Of course this is known, but I was just curious if they did any molecular work on this particular ranavirus. And I agree with Scott that a lot of work has to be done to educate people in the different countries and in the field working with these animals. My concern is that whether people going around surveying animals are really aware of the danger of spreading viruses like this.
While that may have been well known among people working with disease issues, what I have found is that it isn't well known among many that work with box turtles as wildlife managers or other field studies, which is why I am happy that this story is getting such wide coverage. A while back on another herp listserv, someone mentioned that they were seeing large numbers dying in their population and was asking if they should be concerned. The surprise to me was the replies that said they shouldn't worry, sudden die offs are normal for box turtles. There wasn't any initial response (other than Rich Seigel's) mentioning that maybe they should try to test for disease.
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On Feb 14, 2012, at 9:20 AM, Andrew Cunningham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Of course it has been known for many years that FV3 or FV3-like viruses will infect and kill chelonians as well as amphibians (and fish).
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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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