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Viruses 2011, 3(9), 1609;

Special Issue: Viruses Infecting Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles

Department of Microbiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, USA
Received: 25 August 2011 / Accepted: 1 September 2011 / Published: 2 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viruses Infecting Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles)
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Although viruses infecting and affecting humans are the focus of considerable research effort, viruses that target other animal species, including cold-blooded vertebrates, are receiving increased attention. In part this reflects the interests of comparative virologists, but increasingly it is based on the impact that many viruses have on ecologically and commercially important animals. Frogs and other amphibians are sentinels of environmental health and their disappearance following viral or fungal (chytrid) infection is a cause for alarm. Likewise, because aquaculture and mariculture are providing an increasingly large percentage of the “seafood” consumed by humans, viral agents that adversely impact the harvest of cultured fish and amphibians are of equal concern. [...]
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Chinchar, V.G. Special Issue: Viruses Infecting Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles. Viruses 2011, 3, 1609.

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