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RAVON created a hygiene protocol for field workers. This protocol has been updated and can be found
. In addition RAVON created a protocol on disinfecting heavy equipment which can be found
. At the moment both protocols are only available in Dutch. An excellent English protocol can be found
. More information on field hygiene can be found on our page dedicated to
A research team from Belgium (Ghent University) and Vietnam (Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology) published the results of the first large scale Bsal screening in Vietnam in the journal
. Almost 600 individuals of eight salamandrid species were tested for
presence. Specific habitat traits, like water temperature, were also measured.
was widespread in contrast to
. Overal prevalence in both chytrid species was low and all tested individuals did not show signs of clinical illness or reduces fitness.
was found at higher temperatures that previously know which suggest a broader thermal niche. This study suggests low level pathogen endemism and co-existence with
in Vietnamese salamandrids. In addition this region may acts as a disease reservoir. The entire paper can be accessed
February 2017, Belgium:
Currently several branches of the Belgian Government that are responsible for nature conservation are conducting a public inquiry for a National
Action Plan. Comments on the plan can be made until 16 February 2017 via this
. The conceptual plan can be downloaded
A German Research team published in the journal Plos One a new study on the possible future spread of
in Western Europe.
The models used in this study were based on ecological- and climate data and predicted areas suitable for
in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and France. The paper can be found here:
Feldmeier et al., 2016.
October 2016, France:
The French Herpetological Society (FHS) initiated in response of the imminent threat
poses to French salamanders and newts a citizen science based program in order to detect sick and dead salamanders (due to
) as soon as possible. This program started as a response to the detection of
in Belgium near the French border. Permits to collect (dead-) salamanders can be obtained via regional FHS coordinator José Godin. Please visit this
to read more on the program.
April 2016, Belgium:
Unfortunately a new case of
has been reported from Wallonia (Belgium) in a population of Fire salamanders. This constitutes the fourth case of
in Wallonia and the fifth case in Belgium. This new case is close to the French border and approximately 70 km south of previous outbreaks in Belgium.
and partners (including RAVON and Ghent University) made an informative
about this new case and a
targeted at disease surveillance in Wallonia.
: Together with other amphibian researchers, RAVON published an update for the current distribution of the fungus
. The paper was published in the journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
. Not only is
present in populations of wild newts and salamanders in the Netherlands and Belgium but also in Germany. Up till it has been discovered in three host species.
: Joint letter from conservationists and researchers to the EU with a call for funds for monitoring, research and short-term plans. Also an import ban on Asian salamanders species should be considered.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS) took action by imposing a temporary moratorium on the importation of 201 species of salamanders which are seen as ‘injurious’ to North American salamanders. It is hoped that this ban will help prevent the introduction of
to the US. More information, a FAQ and permit applications can be found
: Deadly amphibian fungus (
) in Europe could emerge in United States:
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
identifies research needs & management actions in a new
released on January 21st 2016.
: The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention published the following document: Recommendation No. 176 (2015) on the prevention and control of the
) chytrid fungus
[document T-PVS (2015) 9]