THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON RANAVIRUSES:
ADVANCING THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE THREAT OF RANAVIRUSES TO NORTH AMERICAN HERPETOFAUNA
Members of the genus Ranavirus, one of five genera within
the family Iridoviridae, encompass a group of large, doublestranded
DNA viruses that infect all three classes of ectothermic
vertebrates: fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Ranaviruses are
globally emerging pathogens that cause considerable morbidity
and mortality among diverse populations. In North America,
ranavirus epizootics are regularly reported in wild and cultured
fish, amphibian, and reptile populations.
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