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Investigating an emerging disease in freshwater turtles

Summary: Researchers will investigate the cause of a novel fungal shell infection causing high mortality in freshwater turtles.

Description: In 2011, researchers discovered a novel fungal disease in freshwater turtles housed in zoos and aquariums as well as in some wild, endangered populations. Clinical signs include debilitating lesions in the shell resulting in high mortality in affected animals. Researchers will more precisely identify the causative agent of this emerging disease in freshwater turtles, as well as investigate potential co-pathogens. A better understanding of this fungal disease will allow veterinarians and wildlife biologists to develop health management strategies for captive and wild populations, including tools for improved diagnostics.


INVESTIGATOR: Daniel B. Woodburn, University of Illinois