North America’s salamanders threatened by bloody skin disease

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A gruesome and deadly skin disease threatens to wreak havoc among North America’s salamanders, researchers warn in a study published in Science today. The Asian fungus that causes the disease — called Bsal — has already reached Europe, wiping out 96 percent of fire salamanders in the Netherlands. Now, researchers have determined that the fungus will spread like wildfire if it reaches North America, and they’re calling for an immediate ban on all salamander imports.

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