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Cynops orientalis | Chinese Fire Belly Newt

Amphibian News
The amphibian pet trade is known as a potential pathway for the global spread of amphibian pathogens, but few studies have looked at how pathogens in amphibians could spread to other species. A new study by Ip et al (2016) screened an imported shipment of Chinese Fire Belly newts (Cynops orientalis) and discovered they were infected with a rhabdovirus pathogen of freshwater fish, listed as notifiable to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE). This discovery reveals a novel route for potential spillover of this economically important pathogen as rhabdovirus has not previously been documented in amphibians and provides new evidence of the risks of live animal trade to wildlife.

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