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Selected Emerging Infectious Diseases of Squamata
- Latney, La’Toya V., Wellehan, James
- The veterinary clinics of North America 2013 v.16 no.2 pp. 319-338
- Arenavirus, Chrysosporium, Cryptosporidium, Iridovirus, Pentastomida, Squamata, emerging diseases, epidemiology, mortality, parasitoses, snakes
- It is important that reptile clinicians have an appreciation for the epidemiology, clinical signs, pathology, diagnostic options, and prognostic parameters for novel and emerging infectious diseases in squamates. This article provides an update on emerging squamate diseases reported in the primary literature within the past decade. Updates on adenovirus, iridovirus, rhabdovirus, arenavirus, and paramyxovirus epidemiology, divergence, and host fidelity are presented. A new emerging bacterial disease of Uromastyx species, Devriesea agamarum, is reviewed. Chrysosporium ophiodiicola–associated mortality in North American snakes is discussed. Cryptosporidium and pentastomid infections in squamates are highlighted among emerging parasitic infections.