Tag Archives: Fungus

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife

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Outbreaks of infectious disease make headlines around the globe almost daily.  Viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and parasites have the potential to affect both humans and animals alike.  A variety of infectious diseases can also be categorized as being zoonotic meaning they can be transmitted to other species.  As reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health… Read more »

Chrysosporium in the Massasauga Rattlesnake

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A deadly threat has been identified in a Southern Illinois population of Massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus).  In 2008, biologists found 3 eastern massasaugas with disfiguring lesions on and around their head.  In addition, the snakes had multiple growths and ulcers, and experienced swelling that extended throughout the skin and skeletal muscle.  Another massasauga with a similar condition was documented in… Read more »

Wild, Wonderful World of Fungus

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It never ceases to amaze me just what one can find in the natural world when they look beyond what it is they intended to find; to widen the gaze and focus on a much bigger picture.  A recent trip to locate Timber rattlesnakes for our population and reproductive assessment survey reminded me of that very thing.  It was what… Read more »