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BRITISH frogs are on the verge of extinction because of a rare disease which is causing them to bleed to death.

The common frog has been virtually wiped out, with around 80% of some populations dying after contracting the disease known as ranavirus.

Experts warn that the condition could also hit common toads and newts. Turtles and tortoises can be affected, too.

Dr Trent Garner, of the Institute of Zoology, said: "Many of these populations are hanging on by a handful of frogs."

He added that if the number of frogs were to fall any lower, whole species could be wiped out in some areas.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2010
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