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  • Study finds fungal disease of snakes in 19 states, Puerto Rico

    Image of the head and face of a timber rattlesnake. It looks concerned.

    A new study finds a wide distribution of Ophidiomyces ophidiicola, a fungal pathogen that afflicts more than 30 species of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, pictured. This emerging disease is sometimes fatal to snakes.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Matt Allender, call 217-265-0320; email mcallend@illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Ophidiomycosis, an emerging fungal disease of snakes: Targeted surveillance on military lands and detection in the western US and Puerto Rico” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240415