This is especially true for emerging infectious diseases caused by the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and B. salamandrivorans (Bsal). Having simple processes for context-specific rapid risk assessments for standard or enhanced biosecurity across disciplines and field work could minimize anthropogenic influences on disease dynamics. Researchers examined factors that contribute to human-mediated herpetofaunal pathogen transmission risk between sites during field work. They identified site conditions that correspond to high risk for pathogen movement to or from a site, using biotic and abiotic criteria, to guide enhanced biosecurity procedures that forestall human-mediated pathogen transmission.
Haman, K.H., Olson, D.H., Gray, M.J., Harris, R.N., Thompson, T., Iredale, M., Christman, M., Williams, J., Adams, M.J., Ballard, J.R., 2021, Enhanced Between-Site Biosecurity to Minimize Herpetofaunal Disease-Causing Pathogen Transmission: Herpetological Review, v. 52, no. 1, p. 29-39, https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70222102.
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