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Scientists warn of pandemic endangering amphibians

A deadly disease affecting amphibians has descended into a global pandemic and it has already wiped out 90 species.  This was disclosed by a prominent US biologist Jonathan Kolby, at the World Organisation for Animal Health Aquatic Conference in Santiago, Chile yesterday. The disease attacks the skin of frogs, toads and other amphibians.

As the creatures use their skin to breathe and regulate their bodies’ water levels, the damage caused by the disease eventually leads to heart failure and death. Over the past five years, the highly contagious disease has already caused nearly 90 species to disappear, with over 500 impacted.

Amphibians play a major role in maintaining aquatic environmental quality. They also feed on mosquitoes, which carry human diseases such as malaria and the Zika virus.

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