Ranavirus: past, present and future.
Emerging infectious diseases are a significant threat to global biodiversity. While historically overlooked, a group of iridoviruses in the genus Ranavirus has been responsible for die-offs in captive and wild amphibian, reptile and fish populations around the globe over the past two decades. In order to share contemporary information on ranaviruses and identify critical research directions, the First International Symposium on Ranaviruses was held in July 2011 in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Twenty-three scientists and veterinarians from nine countries examined the ecology and evolution of ranavirus-host interactions, potential reservoirs, transmission dynamics, as well as immunological and histopathological responses to infection. In addition, speakers discussed possible mechanisms for die-offs, and conservation strategies to control outbreaks.
D. Lesbarrères, A. Balseiro, J. Brunner, V. Chinchar, A. Duffus, J. Kirby, Debra L. Miller, J. Robert, D. Schock, T. Waltzek, and Matthew J. Gray. "Ranavirus: past, present and future." Biology Letters (2011).
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