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Bat white-nose syndrome: An emerging fungal pathogen?

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1163874

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Abstract

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a condition associated with an unprecedented bat mortality event in the northeastern United States. Since the winter of 2006*2007, bat declines exceeding 75% have been observed at surveyed hibernacula. Affected bats often present with visually striking white fungal growth on their muzzles, ears, and/or wing membranes. Direct microscopy and culture analyses demonstrated that the skin of WNS-affected bats is colonized by a psychro-philic fungus that is phylogenetically related to Geomyces spp. but with a conidial morphology distinct from characterized members of this genus. This report characterizes the cutaneous fungal infection associated with WNS.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Bat white-nose syndrome: An emerging fungal pathogen?
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.1163874
Volume
323
Issue:
5911
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
227
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Northeast
Online Only (Y/N):
N
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N