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The First Case of Chytridiomycosis Found in Japan

February 1, 2007

The first case of the infection known as chytridiomycosis was found in captive frogs in Japan in December 2006. Infection of amphibians with a pathogenic fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (also known as "amphibian chytrid fungus") results in chytridiomycosis, which has been associated with population declines in endemic amphibian species in some parts of the world. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has announced the immediate measures it will take to prevent the spread of infection in wild amphibians. The measures include sending reminders to amphibian breeders and gathering information on the amphibian trade.

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