A global plague, the chytrid fungus, afflicts amphibians and has even driven some species to extinction in the wild, such as the Kihansi spray toad in Tanzania. However, a recent study found that the disease has not yet ravaged West Africa. No one knows how long this safe haven will remain, as conditions are ripe in the region for the fungus to spread.
Nearly 800 West African amphibians were tested for the fungus and all of them were found to be free of the disease in a study published in PLOS ONE. Most of the species were frogs from a variety of habitats in seven nations, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone. Conditions in the rainforests of the regions are perfect for the fungus, but it seems that geography may have kept the fungus at bay.
Source: Discovery News