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Conservationists may be unintentionally spreading pathogens between threatened animal populations

Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But scientists say there is a high risk that these relocations are accidentally spreading diseases and parasites.

The new report focuses on freshwater mussels, which the researchers have studied extensively, but is applicable to all species moved around for conservation purposes.

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