African frogs facing fatal fungal infection
A diverse population of amphibians in Cameroon has succumbed to a spreading pathogen
Many researchers suspected the source of the infection was frogs exported from Africa for use as lab animals. These frogs had partial immunity to the fungus, and so were carrying the infection around the world. But new work by Dr. David Blackburn, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and his colleagues, has found the same fungus seems to be responsible for amphibian declines in Cameroon, where he's worked for the last decade.
And if these frogs have no immunity to the disease, then the simple story of an invasive pathogen from Africa may be wrong, and what's more, other African amphibians might be vulnerable to the chytrid fungus.