Amphibian Disease Laboratory

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Wildlife Disease Laboratories at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research are pleased to be able to offer low-cost testing for the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranaviruses in zoo collections. 

The testing is subsidized by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership grant “Infectious Disease Control and Bioresource Banking for the Amphibian Extinction Crisis” awarded to the San Diego Zoo and Zoo Atlanta.

The goal of the subsidized testing is to encourage widespread surveillance of zoo collections for these potentially population-limiting infectious diseases. Hopefully, these efforts will facilitate eradication of chytrid fungal infections from established zoo collections and enable the collection of data of the occurrence and prevalence of these diseases that is needed to make use of disease risk assessment tools for reintroduction programs.

The laboratory is also able to provide assistance in working up outbreaks of infectious diseases in captive collections (especially molecular diagnostic testing) working together with your facility veterinarian and pathologist.

Available Tests:

1. Real-Time (Taqman) PCR for Amphibian Chytrid Fungus - $20
2. Real-Time PCR (Taqman) for Ranavirus - $25

Amphibian Disease Laboratory Newsletter.

Amphibian Disease Laboratory Newsletter February 2011.

Free Amphibian Disease Control Manual.

Guidelines and Submissions
Download Submission Form.pdf here.

Download Chytrid Sampling Guidelines.pdf here.

Download Ranavirus Sampling Guidelines.pdf here.

Questions can be addressed to:

Dr. Allan Pessier
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619-231-1515 ext. 4510