Dr. Ossiboff: Discovers viruses in pythons

A Burmese python that tested positive for serpentovirus

An investigation of an outbreak of disease in snakes in Gainesville, Florida, led Dr. Robert Ossiboff, a clinical associate professor at UF, and his team to look more closely at a virus they were already studying that affected captive boas and pythons.

The researchers were concerned that the virus they had been studying might be affecting free-ranging snake populations in the Everglades, potentially having spread infection across the state. Read more here.