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Snake Fungal Disease Spread to Europe

A recently published paper in Nature has shown that snake fungal disease has been discovered in Europe. “Snake fungal disease (SFD), caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, is an emerging infectious disease of free-living wild snakes in North America that first gained widespread attention in 2008. Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola is widely distributed in eastern North America and is considered the main cause of fungal skin infections of wild snakes in that region. The disease often causes mild infections, but severe morbidity and mortality with consequent population declines have also been observed in wild snakes, including in some threatened species.”
 
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Photo: Nerodia fasciata, a species threatened by SFD in North America.

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