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Fungal disease and the developing story of bat white-nose syndrome

PLoS Pathogens

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DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002779

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Abstract

Two recently emerged cutaneous fungal diseases of wildlife, bat white-nose syndrome (WNS) and amphibian chytridiomycosis, have devastated affected populations. Fungal diseases are gaining recognition as significant causes of morbidity and mortality to plants, animals, and humans, yet fewer than 10% of fungal species are known. Furthermore, limited antifungal therapeutic drugs are available, antifungal therapeutics often have associated toxicity, and there are no approved antifungal vaccines. The unexpected emergence of WNS, the rapidity with which it has spread, and its unprecedented severity demonstrate both the impacts of novel fungal disease upon naïve host populations and challenges to effective management of such diseases.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Fungal disease and the developing story of bat white-nose syndrome
Series title:
PLoS Pathogens
DOI:
10.1371/journal.ppat.1002779
Volume
8
Issue:
7
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Publisher location:
San Francisco, CA
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
3 p.; e10002779
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
PLoS Pathogens
Other Geospatial:
North America
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N
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