The Frogs Vanished, Then People Got Sick. This Was No Harmless Coincidence.

A new study on frogs and malaria illustrates how intimately human health may be impacted by amphibians. Ecologists in Costa Rica and Panama noticed a dramatic decline in amphibian numbers in the 1980s and 1990s. Researchers found a west-to-east wave spreading from the northwestern border of Costa Rica around 1980 to the Panama Canal region by 2010. Fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has caused “the greatest recorded loss of biodiversity attributable to a disease” ever.

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