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Electrolyte depletion in white-nose syndrome bats

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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DOI: 10.7589/2012-04-121

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Abstract

The emerging wildlife disease white-nose syndrome is causing widespread mortality in hibernating North American bats. White-nose syndrome occurs when the fungus Geomyces destructans infects the living skin of bats during hibernation, but links between infection and mortality are underexplored. We analyzed blood from hibernating bats and compared blood electrolyte levels to wing damage caused by the fungus. Sodium and chloride tended to decrease as wing damage increased in severity. Depletion of these electrolytes suggests that infected bats may become hypotonically dehydrated during winter. Although bats regularly arouse from hibernation to drink during winter, water available in hibernacula may not contain sufficient electrolytes to offset winter losses caused by disease. Damage to bat wings from G. destructans may cause life-threatening electrolyte imbalances.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Electrolyte depletion in white-nose syndrome bats
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
DOI:
10.7589/2012-04-121
Volume
49
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
WDA
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
398
Last page:
402
Other Geospatial:
North America
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N