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Ranaviruses:
Cry Wolf or Real Threat?

Matthew J. Gray
University of Tennessee
Center for Wildlife Health
Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
3 February 2014, 4:00 PM, Lecture Hall B
UF Aquatic Animal Health Program
Presentation Road Map
Number of Populations

250

North America

200
150
100
50

1996

1993

1990

Die-offs

Life History

Theory

1987

1984

1981

1978

1975

1972

1969

1966

1963

1960

0

Monitoring

Simulation
s
Ranavirus Characteristics
•dsDNA, 150-280K bp
•120-300 nm in diameter
(3x smaller than bacteria)
Une

•Icosahedral Shape (20)

Balseiro

Family: Iridoviridae
Genera:

Iridovirus, Chloriridovirus, Ranavirus, Megalocytivirus, and Lymphocystivirus
Invertebrates

Ectothermic Vertebrates

Species (6)
Paracrystalline
Array

ICTV (2012)

Ambystoma tigrinum virus (ATV)
Bohle iridovirus (BIV)
Frog virus 3 (FV3)
Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus
European catfish virus
Santee-Cooper Ranavirus

Virion

Chinchar et al. (2011)
How Does Ranavirus Infect A Host?
Routes of Transmission
Indirect
Transmission

Direct
Contact

Ingestion

Water or
Sediment

Incidental,
Necrophagy,
Cannibalism,
Predation

Skin, Gills,
Intestines
(epithelial cells)
(3 hrs viral
transcription)

One Second
Skin Contact

(Mortality
2X Faster)

Brunner et al. (2004), Harp & Petranka (2006), Brunner et al. (2007), Hoverman et al. (2010), Robert et al.
(2011)
Gross Signs of Infected Amphibians
Edema, Erythema, Hemorrhages, Ulcerations

A. Duffus, Gordon

N. Haislip, UT

D. Green, USGS
Internal Signs of Ranaviral Disease
Kidney Hemorrhages

Pale and Swollen Liver

It attacks quickly killing
hosts as fast as 3 days!
Hoverman et al. (2011a)
Organ Destruction
3 Primary Organs: Liver, Spleen, and Kidney
Bollinger et al. (1999)
Miller et al. (2007, 2008, 2011)

D. Miller

Liver Necrosis

D. Miller

Spleen Necrosis
Pathogenesis
Target Organ Failure
Heart Failure
Toxicosis, Anemia

D. Miller

Kidney Degeneration
What if Ranaviruses could
Infect Humans?
Monday

Wednesday

Fever

Hands, Feet, Legs Swollen

Friday

Bedridden, Body Enlarged 2X, Lesions,
Hemorrhaging Internally and from Orifices

No Amphibian
Pathogen:
Diversity of Gross
Signs or Kills as
Quickly
There is no Cure!

Sunday

Begging Dr. Death (Jack Kevorkian)
for a quick end!
Mass Mortality Events
History of Ranavirus Die-offs
First Isolated:

•Dr. Allan Granoff
•St. Jude Hospital
•Rana pipiens (1962)

First Large-scale Die-offs:
A. Duffus

•Dr. Andrew Cunningham
•Institute of Zoology, ZSL
•Rana temporaria (1992)

First North American Die-offs:
•Dr. Jim Collins and students
•Arizona State University
•Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi (1985, 1997)
Global Distribution of
Ranavirus Cases: Amphibians

Miller et al.
(2011)

6 Continents: 1992

All Latitudes, All Elevations
15 Families:
>70 Species

Alytidae, Ranidae, Hylidae, Bufonidae, Leptodactylidae, Dendrobatidae,
Discoglossidae, Pipidae, Myobatrachidae, Rhacophoridae, Scaphiopodidae,
Ambystomatidae, Salamandridae, Hynobiidae, Cryptobranchidae
Reported Ranavirus Cases in
North America: Amphibians
Families
Bufonidae
Hylidae
Ranidae
Scaphiopodidae
Ambystomatidae
Cryptobranchidae
Plethodontidae
Salamandridae

Norman Wells,
NWT

Uncommon
>30 States & 5
Provinces;
46 Species

Lithobates sylvaticus

2011
Case Example
North America

Jamie Barichivich (USGS) and
Megan Todd-Thompson (UT)

A. Cressler, USGS

A. Cressler, USGS

M. Niemiller, UT

May 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012

GSMNP, Cades Cove
Gourley Pond

Spotted & Marbled Salamander, Wood Frog,
Spring Peeper, Southeastern Chorus Frog
Green et al. (2002)

D. Green, USGS
Cases of FV3-like Ranaviral
Disease in Reptiles
(Westhouse et al. 1996; Marschang et al. 1999, 2005; Hyatt et al. 2002; DeVoe et al. 2004;
Huang et al. 2009; Allender et al. 2006, 2011; Johnson et al. 2007, 2008, 2011)

Gopherus polyphemus, Testudo hermanni, Terrapene carolina
carolina, Trionyx sinensis, Uroplatus fimbriatus, and
Chondropython viridis
Over >95% homology with
1000-bp region of FV3 MCP

At least 20 reptile species

Marschang (2011)
What about other Ectothermic Vertebrates?
13 February
2012

North Branch
Stream Valley
State Park

26 of 31 Box
Turtles Die
from
Ranaviral
Disease

Larval
anurans and
salamanders
dead too

2008 – 2011

Farnsworth
and Seigel
(2013)
Cases of Ranaviral Disease
in Fishes

Ictalurus melas, I. nebuosa, Silurus glanis, Psetta maxima, Sander
lucioperca, Perca fluviatilis, P. flavescens, Oncorhynchus mykiss,
Pomoxis nigromaculatus, Gambusia affinis, Epinephelus tauvina
EHNV, ECV

At least 30 fish species

LMBV, SGIV

Journal of Fish Diseases
33:95-122
Are Ranaviruses
Capable of Causing
Local Extirpations and
Species Declines?
Number of Populations

250
200
150
100
50
1996

1993

1990

1987

1984

1981

1978

1975

1972

1969

1966

1963

Muths et al.
(2006)

1960

0

Collins & Crump
(2009)
Traditional Theory
(Anderson and May 1979)

Extirpation is possible if:

Frequency Dependent

Is at least one of these conditions satisfied in the
ranavirus-host system?
Evidence of Alternate Hosts
(Moody and Owens 1994, Marschang et al. 1999, 2005; Hyatt et al. 2002; Allender et al. 2006; Duffus
et al. 2008, Picco et al. 2010; Hoverman et al. 2011a; Brenes 2013; Waltzek et al. in review)

(1) Multiple-species
Pathogen:

100
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0

(2) Other Ectothermic Vertebrates

UT: 35 Species

FV3
RI
Evidence of Interclass Transmission
0% mortality
in controls

Waltzek, Gray, and Miller

5%
Gray

Bull

Wood

Pallid

85%

80%

95%
Evidence of Interclass Transmission
0% mortality
in controls

Waltzek, Gray, and Miller

45%
35%
Ranaviruses can infect multiple host species &
some serve as asymptomatic carriers – #1 Met
5%

Pallid Isolate Caused Mortality;
Bullfrog Isolate Resulted in Infection
Evidence of
Environmental Persistence
(1) EHNV Persistence

(Langdon 1989)

•Distilled remain viable
Ranaviruses can beWater: 97 d outside the
host for •Dry Infectedduration113 d
considerable Tissue: (permanent
Frozen Infected Tissue: yr
wetlands •at colder temperatures). 2 – #2 Met
(2) FV3, FV3-like

(Nazir et al. 2012)

20 C = •PW (unsterile): 22-34 d
4 C = •PW (unsterile): 58-72 d

•Soil: 13-22 d
•Soil: 30-48 d
(T-90 Values)
Evidence of Frequency
Dependent Transmission
(1) Breeding

(Brunner et al. 2004)

• Juvenile/Adult: Sub-lethal Infections
Frequency dependent transmission is possible in
• High Transmission Collins & Crump (2009)
larval and adult age classes – #3 Likely.
• Period of Stress (Rollins-Smith 2001)

(2) Larval Clustering
• Increase Contact Rates
• Vegetation Reduction

(Greer et al. 2008)

Local Extirpations and Declines?
YES, all 3 characteristics met in the Ranavirus-Host System
Caveat: Species, Community, and Site Dependent!
Evidence of Local Extinction
Dr. Amber Teacher
Southeastern England
1996/97 and 2008

Animal
Conservation
13:514-522

Teacher et al.
2010

81%
A. Teacher

Ranavirus (+)
populations
81% Median
Reduction

A. Teacher

Larger Populations
Greatest
Proportional
Declines
Evidence of Local Extinction
Dr. Jim Petranka
Tulula Wetland Complex, NC
1998-2006

Biological Conservation
138:371-380
Wetlands
23:278-290

Persistence Possible
from Source
Populations

Recruitment at most
wetlands failed due
to ranavirus

Rescue Effect

Uncommon
Species?
Should we be concerned with
conserving a few uncommon species?
Commonality of Being Uncommon
Southeastern United States
Federally Listed:
Species of Concern:

Rana capito sevosa, Ambystoma cingulatum,
Phaeognathus hubrichti, Ambystoma bishopi
113 Species and 25 Genera Total

1) Alabama = 14 species (11 genera)
2) Arkansas = 25 species (12 genera)
3) Florida = 19 species (12 genera)
4) Georgia = 22 species (15 genera)
5) Kentucky = 22 species (11 genera)
6) Louisiana = 15 species (10 genera)
7) Mississippi = 18 species (12 genera)
RISK?
8) North Carolina = 41 species (15 genera)
Testing Susceptibility for
9) South Carolina = 19 species (13 genera)
Uncommon Species
10) Tennessee = 26 species (14 genera)

50% U.S.
Evidence of Rare Species Effects
Sutton et al. (in review)

Endangered Dusky Gopher Frog

Animal
Conservation
Evidence of Rare Species Effects
Chaney, Gray, Miller & Kouba
Threatened Boreal Toad
Tadpoles

5–7d

Metamorphs

2–5d
Any Concern for Common Species?
Wood Frog Example
Most Widely Distributed Species in North America
Stage Susceptibility of Wood Frogs
p<0.001

Haislip et al. (2011)

Egg = 60% Survival
Hatchling = 20% Survival

Larvae = 0% Survival
Metamorph = 0% Survival
Wood Frog Population Data
Drs. Keith Berven and Elizabeth Harper
Berven (1990), Harper et al. (2008)
7-year: Beltsville, Maryland

Pre-meta

•
•
•
•
•
•
•

J. Earl

1 yr. old

2 yr. old

3+ yr. old

Stage-structured discrete-time matrix model (K = 1500 females)
Simulated for Exposure each Stage (egg, hatchling, larva, meta)
Exposure Interval: 50, 25, 10, 5, and 2 years
Demographic and ranavirus survival probabilities multiplied
Built in stochasticity in the model
1000 Simulations (one-year steps)
Sensitivity analysis on parameters – pre-metamorphic life stages
most important
Extinction Probability in 1000 years
Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth)
Closed Population
Time to Extinction
Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth)
Closed Population
Female Population Size

Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth)
Closed Population

Death of
Pre-metamorphic Stages
Matters!
Ranavirus Landscape Prevalence
Tennessee Ponds
Hoverman et al. (2011b)

Green Frog, Bullfrog,
Pickerel Frog, Eastern
Newt, Tiger and
Spotted Salamanders

Ranaviruses are common hence have the potential to
have landscape scale impacts.

Ranavirus Distribution: 83% of Ponds Sampled
Hotspots: >40% in 15 out of 40 Ponds Sampled
•85% Infection
•100% Infection
EcoHealth 9:36-48

(morbid and dead)
Global Trade of Ranavirus Hosts

Kristine Smith, DVM

From 2000-2006, the U.S. imported >1.5 billion individual
animals (fish & wildlife; Smith et al. 2009)

90% fish, 2% amphibians, 1% reptiles
25 million live amphibians imported to U.S./year
Ranavirus Positive
•Hong Kong = 89%
•Dominican Republic = 70%
•Madagascar = 57%
Smith et al. (unpubl. data)
Cry Wolf or Valid Risk?
Should we be Concerned?
•Ranavirus Die-offs have Global Distribution
•Ranavirus Prevalence can be High
•Ranaviruses Infect Multiple Ecothermic Vertebrate
Species with Different Susceptibilities
•Interclass Transmission is Possible – Abundant Reservoirs
•Ranavirus Persistence is Long
•High Transmission: Breeding and for Schooling Spp.
Epidemiological Theory AND Initial Simulations Supports
the Premise that Ranaviruses Could Cause Local
Population Extirpations and Contribute to Species Declines
More Research: Species Susceptibility, Community Composition, More
Complex Simulations (dispersal, transmission), Long-Term Monitoring
Global Ranavirus Consortium
http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/ranavirus/ranavirus.htm
Symposia
Discussion Groups
Website
Reporting System
Outreach Resources
Springer eBook

The goal of the GRC is to facilitate communication
and collaboration among scientists and veterinarians
conducting research on ranaviruses and diagnosing
cases of ranaviral disease
GRC@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU
Global Ranavirus Consortium
Executive Committee and Board
Questions??

Photo: M. Niemiller

mgray11@utk.ed
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Ranaviruses: Cry Wolf or Real Threat?

  • 1. Ranaviruses: Cry Wolf or Real Threat? Matthew J. Gray University of Tennessee Center for Wildlife Health Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries 3 February 2014, 4:00 PM, Lecture Hall B UF Aquatic Animal Health Program
  • 2. Presentation Road Map Number of Populations 250 North America 200 150 100 50 1996 1993 1990 Die-offs Life History Theory 1987 1984 1981 1978 1975 1972 1969 1966 1963 1960 0 Monitoring Simulation s
  • 3. Ranavirus Characteristics •dsDNA, 150-280K bp •120-300 nm in diameter (3x smaller than bacteria) Une •Icosahedral Shape (20) Balseiro Family: Iridoviridae Genera: Iridovirus, Chloriridovirus, Ranavirus, Megalocytivirus, and Lymphocystivirus Invertebrates Ectothermic Vertebrates Species (6) Paracrystalline Array ICTV (2012) Ambystoma tigrinum virus (ATV) Bohle iridovirus (BIV) Frog virus 3 (FV3) Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus European catfish virus Santee-Cooper Ranavirus Virion Chinchar et al. (2011)
  • 4. How Does Ranavirus Infect A Host? Routes of Transmission Indirect Transmission Direct Contact Ingestion Water or Sediment Incidental, Necrophagy, Cannibalism, Predation Skin, Gills, Intestines (epithelial cells) (3 hrs viral transcription) One Second Skin Contact (Mortality 2X Faster) Brunner et al. (2004), Harp & Petranka (2006), Brunner et al. (2007), Hoverman et al. (2010), Robert et al. (2011)
  • 5. Gross Signs of Infected Amphibians Edema, Erythema, Hemorrhages, Ulcerations A. Duffus, Gordon N. Haislip, UT D. Green, USGS
  • 6. Internal Signs of Ranaviral Disease Kidney Hemorrhages Pale and Swollen Liver It attacks quickly killing hosts as fast as 3 days! Hoverman et al. (2011a)
  • 7. Organ Destruction 3 Primary Organs: Liver, Spleen, and Kidney Bollinger et al. (1999) Miller et al. (2007, 2008, 2011) D. Miller Liver Necrosis D. Miller Spleen Necrosis Pathogenesis Target Organ Failure Heart Failure Toxicosis, Anemia D. Miller Kidney Degeneration
  • 8. What if Ranaviruses could Infect Humans? Monday Wednesday Fever Hands, Feet, Legs Swollen Friday Bedridden, Body Enlarged 2X, Lesions, Hemorrhaging Internally and from Orifices No Amphibian Pathogen: Diversity of Gross Signs or Kills as Quickly There is no Cure! Sunday Begging Dr. Death (Jack Kevorkian) for a quick end!
  • 10. History of Ranavirus Die-offs First Isolated: •Dr. Allan Granoff •St. Jude Hospital •Rana pipiens (1962) First Large-scale Die-offs: A. Duffus •Dr. Andrew Cunningham •Institute of Zoology, ZSL •Rana temporaria (1992) First North American Die-offs: •Dr. Jim Collins and students •Arizona State University •Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi (1985, 1997)
  • 11. Global Distribution of Ranavirus Cases: Amphibians Miller et al. (2011) 6 Continents: 1992 All Latitudes, All Elevations 15 Families: >70 Species Alytidae, Ranidae, Hylidae, Bufonidae, Leptodactylidae, Dendrobatidae, Discoglossidae, Pipidae, Myobatrachidae, Rhacophoridae, Scaphiopodidae, Ambystomatidae, Salamandridae, Hynobiidae, Cryptobranchidae
  • 12. Reported Ranavirus Cases in North America: Amphibians Families Bufonidae Hylidae Ranidae Scaphiopodidae Ambystomatidae Cryptobranchidae Plethodontidae Salamandridae Norman Wells, NWT Uncommon >30 States & 5 Provinces; 46 Species Lithobates sylvaticus 2011
  • 13. Case Example North America Jamie Barichivich (USGS) and Megan Todd-Thompson (UT) A. Cressler, USGS A. Cressler, USGS M. Niemiller, UT May 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012 GSMNP, Cades Cove Gourley Pond Spotted & Marbled Salamander, Wood Frog, Spring Peeper, Southeastern Chorus Frog Green et al. (2002) D. Green, USGS
  • 14. Cases of FV3-like Ranaviral Disease in Reptiles (Westhouse et al. 1996; Marschang et al. 1999, 2005; Hyatt et al. 2002; DeVoe et al. 2004; Huang et al. 2009; Allender et al. 2006, 2011; Johnson et al. 2007, 2008, 2011) Gopherus polyphemus, Testudo hermanni, Terrapene carolina carolina, Trionyx sinensis, Uroplatus fimbriatus, and Chondropython viridis Over >95% homology with 1000-bp region of FV3 MCP At least 20 reptile species Marschang (2011)
  • 15. What about other Ectothermic Vertebrates? 13 February 2012 North Branch Stream Valley State Park 26 of 31 Box Turtles Die from Ranaviral Disease Larval anurans and salamanders dead too 2008 – 2011 Farnsworth and Seigel (2013)
  • 16. Cases of Ranaviral Disease in Fishes Ictalurus melas, I. nebuosa, Silurus glanis, Psetta maxima, Sander lucioperca, Perca fluviatilis, P. flavescens, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Pomoxis nigromaculatus, Gambusia affinis, Epinephelus tauvina EHNV, ECV At least 30 fish species LMBV, SGIV Journal of Fish Diseases 33:95-122
  • 17. Are Ranaviruses Capable of Causing Local Extirpations and Species Declines? Number of Populations 250 200 150 100 50 1996 1993 1990 1987 1984 1981 1978 1975 1972 1969 1966 1963 Muths et al. (2006) 1960 0 Collins & Crump (2009)
  • 18. Traditional Theory (Anderson and May 1979) Extirpation is possible if: Frequency Dependent Is at least one of these conditions satisfied in the ranavirus-host system?
  • 19. Evidence of Alternate Hosts (Moody and Owens 1994, Marschang et al. 1999, 2005; Hyatt et al. 2002; Allender et al. 2006; Duffus et al. 2008, Picco et al. 2010; Hoverman et al. 2011a; Brenes 2013; Waltzek et al. in review) (1) Multiple-species Pathogen: 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 (2) Other Ectothermic Vertebrates UT: 35 Species FV3 RI
  • 20. Evidence of Interclass Transmission 0% mortality in controls Waltzek, Gray, and Miller 5% Gray Bull Wood Pallid 85% 80% 95%
  • 21. Evidence of Interclass Transmission 0% mortality in controls Waltzek, Gray, and Miller 45% 35% Ranaviruses can infect multiple host species & some serve as asymptomatic carriers – #1 Met 5% Pallid Isolate Caused Mortality; Bullfrog Isolate Resulted in Infection
  • 22. Evidence of Environmental Persistence (1) EHNV Persistence (Langdon 1989) •Distilled remain viable Ranaviruses can beWater: 97 d outside the host for •Dry Infectedduration113 d considerable Tissue: (permanent Frozen Infected Tissue: yr wetlands •at colder temperatures). 2 – #2 Met (2) FV3, FV3-like (Nazir et al. 2012) 20 C = •PW (unsterile): 22-34 d 4 C = •PW (unsterile): 58-72 d •Soil: 13-22 d •Soil: 30-48 d (T-90 Values)
  • 23. Evidence of Frequency Dependent Transmission (1) Breeding (Brunner et al. 2004) • Juvenile/Adult: Sub-lethal Infections Frequency dependent transmission is possible in • High Transmission Collins & Crump (2009) larval and adult age classes – #3 Likely. • Period of Stress (Rollins-Smith 2001) (2) Larval Clustering • Increase Contact Rates • Vegetation Reduction (Greer et al. 2008) Local Extirpations and Declines? YES, all 3 characteristics met in the Ranavirus-Host System Caveat: Species, Community, and Site Dependent!
  • 24. Evidence of Local Extinction Dr. Amber Teacher Southeastern England 1996/97 and 2008 Animal Conservation 13:514-522 Teacher et al. 2010 81% A. Teacher Ranavirus (+) populations 81% Median Reduction A. Teacher Larger Populations Greatest Proportional Declines
  • 25. Evidence of Local Extinction Dr. Jim Petranka Tulula Wetland Complex, NC 1998-2006 Biological Conservation 138:371-380 Wetlands 23:278-290 Persistence Possible from Source Populations Recruitment at most wetlands failed due to ranavirus Rescue Effect Uncommon Species? Should we be concerned with conserving a few uncommon species?
  • 26. Commonality of Being Uncommon Southeastern United States Federally Listed: Species of Concern: Rana capito sevosa, Ambystoma cingulatum, Phaeognathus hubrichti, Ambystoma bishopi 113 Species and 25 Genera Total 1) Alabama = 14 species (11 genera) 2) Arkansas = 25 species (12 genera) 3) Florida = 19 species (12 genera) 4) Georgia = 22 species (15 genera) 5) Kentucky = 22 species (11 genera) 6) Louisiana = 15 species (10 genera) 7) Mississippi = 18 species (12 genera) RISK? 8) North Carolina = 41 species (15 genera) Testing Susceptibility for 9) South Carolina = 19 species (13 genera) Uncommon Species 10) Tennessee = 26 species (14 genera) 50% U.S.
  • 27. Evidence of Rare Species Effects Sutton et al. (in review) Endangered Dusky Gopher Frog Animal Conservation
  • 28. Evidence of Rare Species Effects Chaney, Gray, Miller & Kouba Threatened Boreal Toad Tadpoles 5–7d Metamorphs 2–5d
  • 29. Any Concern for Common Species? Wood Frog Example Most Widely Distributed Species in North America
  • 30. Stage Susceptibility of Wood Frogs p<0.001 Haislip et al. (2011) Egg = 60% Survival Hatchling = 20% Survival Larvae = 0% Survival Metamorph = 0% Survival
  • 31. Wood Frog Population Data Drs. Keith Berven and Elizabeth Harper Berven (1990), Harper et al. (2008) 7-year: Beltsville, Maryland Pre-meta • • • • • • • J. Earl 1 yr. old 2 yr. old 3+ yr. old Stage-structured discrete-time matrix model (K = 1500 females) Simulated for Exposure each Stage (egg, hatchling, larva, meta) Exposure Interval: 50, 25, 10, 5, and 2 years Demographic and ranavirus survival probabilities multiplied Built in stochasticity in the model 1000 Simulations (one-year steps) Sensitivity analysis on parameters – pre-metamorphic life stages most important
  • 32. Extinction Probability in 1000 years Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth) Closed Population
  • 33. Time to Extinction Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth) Closed Population
  • 34. Female Population Size Earl and Gray (in review; EcoHealth) Closed Population Death of Pre-metamorphic Stages Matters!
  • 35. Ranavirus Landscape Prevalence Tennessee Ponds Hoverman et al. (2011b) Green Frog, Bullfrog, Pickerel Frog, Eastern Newt, Tiger and Spotted Salamanders Ranaviruses are common hence have the potential to have landscape scale impacts. Ranavirus Distribution: 83% of Ponds Sampled Hotspots: >40% in 15 out of 40 Ponds Sampled •85% Infection •100% Infection EcoHealth 9:36-48 (morbid and dead)
  • 36. Global Trade of Ranavirus Hosts Kristine Smith, DVM From 2000-2006, the U.S. imported >1.5 billion individual animals (fish & wildlife; Smith et al. 2009) 90% fish, 2% amphibians, 1% reptiles 25 million live amphibians imported to U.S./year Ranavirus Positive •Hong Kong = 89% •Dominican Republic = 70% •Madagascar = 57% Smith et al. (unpubl. data)
  • 37. Cry Wolf or Valid Risk? Should we be Concerned? •Ranavirus Die-offs have Global Distribution •Ranavirus Prevalence can be High •Ranaviruses Infect Multiple Ecothermic Vertebrate Species with Different Susceptibilities •Interclass Transmission is Possible – Abundant Reservoirs •Ranavirus Persistence is Long •High Transmission: Breeding and for Schooling Spp. Epidemiological Theory AND Initial Simulations Supports the Premise that Ranaviruses Could Cause Local Population Extirpations and Contribute to Species Declines More Research: Species Susceptibility, Community Composition, More Complex Simulations (dispersal, transmission), Long-Term Monitoring
  • 38. Global Ranavirus Consortium http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/ranavirus/ranavirus.htm Symposia Discussion Groups Website Reporting System Outreach Resources Springer eBook The goal of the GRC is to facilitate communication and collaboration among scientists and veterinarians conducting research on ranaviruses and diagnosing cases of ranaviral disease GRC@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU