7 mysterious diseases wiping out wildlife

7 mysterious diseases wiping out wildlife

Scientists are scrambling to unravel the causes and, more importantly, the solutions.

By: Jaymi Heimbuch

sapoScientists are trying to figure out why these species are experiencing mass die-offs. (Photo: Dirk Ercken/Shutterstock)

Every so often an epidemic hits a species somewhere in the world. Sometimes it’s just a way that nature helps populations stay in balance. However, some epidemics strike with such rapidity, in such a mysterious way, and has such a high death toll that it leaves scientists stumped on the causes of the spread of the illnesses as well as possible cures. For decades, researchers have been looking into some of the most alarming diseases striking species as diverse as frogs, Tasmanian devils and sea stars. Read more.