Immuno-deficiency complex - probably a virus
The majority of diseased frogs that the Cairns Frog Hospital received in its first five or six years were White-lipped tree frogs (Litoria infrafrenata). These large and long lived frogs were being attacked in a similar way:
Most were losing all their body weight
Most had large numbers of spirometra tapeworms under the skin or protruding from ulcers
Most were suffering from skin degenerative problems
Most had at least 3 to 5 different things wrong with them simultaneously
The scientific explanation for the existence of these factors was that these frogs were obviously without a functioning immune system. So what happened to it? Why would one or two species living in an area known to support dozens of species suddenly lose their immune system?
We of course became highly suspicious that a virus was possibly involved in the White-lipped situation: