Disease causing mass deaths of frogs reaches Britain

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Scientists concerned as severe perkinsea infection found in European tree frog tadpoles kept in an aquarium in Surrey

A disease that causes mass die-offs in frogs has been found in captive UK populations for the first time, scientists have warned.

Severe perkinsea infection (SPI) has caused large tadpole mortality events across the US, and this is the first proof that its geographic range is spreading. Researchers also found the disease-causing microbe in wild and seemingly healthy populations in Panama, where some of the most rapid declines in frog populations globally have occurred.

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