Elevated temperature as a treatment for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in captive frogs

  • Published source details Chatfield M.W.H. & Richards-Zawacki C.L. (2011) Elevated temperature as a treatment for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in captive frogs. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 94, 235-238.


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Use temperature treatment to reduce chytridiomycosis infection

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  1. Use temperature treatment to reduce chytridiomycosis infection

    A replicated study in 2010 of captive amphibians in Louisiana, USA (Chatfield & Richards-Zawacki 2011) found that temperature treatment at 30°C cured northern cricket frogs Acris crepitans and bullfrogs Rana catesbeiana of chytridiomycosis. All bullfrogs and all but one northern cricket frog (96%) tested negative for chytrid following treatment. Animals were randomly assigned to acclimatization at 23 or 26°C for one month. Sixteen northern cricket frogs (seven at 23°C, nine at 26°C) and 12 bullfrogs (10 at 23°C, two at 26°C) naturally infected with the chytrid fungus were then housed individually at 30°C for 10 consecutive days. Frogs were returned to 23 or 26°C and tested again for infection six days later.


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