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Frog Once Imported for Pregnancy Testing Brought Deadly Amphibian Disease to U.S., Study Suggests
May 15, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.African frogs, originally imported for early 20th century pregnancy tests, carried a deadly amphibian disease to the U.S., according to findings published in PLOS ONE. African clawed frogs have long been suspected of spreading a harmful fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The earliest known case of the fungus was found in these frogs in their native South Africa. Now, scientists have found the first evidence of the disease among introduced feral populations in the U.SFull Story
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