NANFA-- One more reason not to release fish

Hoover, Jan J WES (
Wed, 12 Jan 2000 13:49:15 -0600

Just read about this in the latest Froglog newsletter.

Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) and redlegged frog tadpoles (Rana
aurora) in Redwood Creek National Park, CA, are both infected with the same
iridovirus. This is the first time that the same virus has been found in
fishes and amphibians and it suggests that one group may be a reservoir for
disease in the other group. It also suggests that fish introductions may be
responsible for transmitting viruses to previously unaffected populations of

Mao, J., et al. 1999. Molecular characterization of iridoviruses isolated
from sympatric amphibians and fish. Virus Research 63: 43-52.

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