Mystery virus ravages UK frogs

Posted by Wade Lee on Jan 30, 2002 at 02:51 (

Scientists say they are now certain that the disease which has killed millions of British frogs is caused by a virus.
The disease, which began in south-east England, has crossed the Scottish border, hundreds of kilometres to the north.

The animals' paws and feet drop off and they die a protracted and painful death. But money to research the outbreak and possible remedies has run out.

"It's a living death: the animals take a considerable time to die, and there are some indications that their numbers are permanently depressed in some areas.

"The ends of their limb extremities, their hands and feet, drop off, they haemorrhage, open sores develop, they get thin and emaciated, and then they die."

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