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Investigating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Fact Sheet 2009-3058

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center; Prepared in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others
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Abstract

A devastating, emergent disease afflicting hibernating bats has pread from the northeast to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States at an alarming rate. Since the winter of 2006-2007, hundreds of thousands of insect-eating bats from at least nine states have died from this new disease, named White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). The disease is named for the white fungus often seen on the muzzles, ears, and wings of bats. This disease poses a threat to cave hibernating bats of the United States and potentially all temperate regions of the world. USGS scientists from the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) and the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT), in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others have linked a newly described, cold-loving fungus to WNS.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Investigating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2009-3058
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2009
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
2 p.