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30 December 2021 Detection of Ophidiomyces ophidiicola in a Wild Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) in Hong Kong SAR, China
Alessandro Grioni, Kar Wing To, Paul Crow, Liz Rose-Jeffreys, Kar Keung Ching, Lai On Chu, Fraser Ian Hill, Hon Ki Chan, Ka Shing Cheung
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Ophidiomycosis (also referred to as snake fungal disease) is an emerging infectious disease caused by Ophidiomyces ophidiicola (Oo). PCR was used to detect Oo in a Burmese python (Python bivittatus) with skin lesions submitted to a rescue center in Hong Kong. This is the first report of this disease in this species. More research is needed in Asia to determine the prevalence of this fungus, its relationship with other species, and its ecological importance. These findings also highlight the significant role wildlife rescue centers play in monitoring wildlife diseases and ecosystem health.

Alessandro Grioni, Kar Wing To, Paul Crow, Liz Rose-Jeffreys, Kar Keung Ching, Lai On Chu, Fraser Ian Hill, Hon Ki Chan, and Ka Shing Cheung "Detection of Ophidiomyces ophidiicola in a Wild Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) in Hong Kong SAR, China," Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 31(4), 283-291, (30 December 2021). https://doi.org/10.5818/JHMS-S-20-00018
Published: 30 December 2021
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conservation
emerging infectious disease
environment
microbiota
mycosis
Ophidiomyces ophidiicola
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