Bat white-nose syndrome: An emerging fungal pathogen?

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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
Publisher Science
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 1 p.
First page 227
Last page 227
Country United States
Other Geospatial Northeast
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N