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Bat white-nose syndrome in North America

July 12, 2011

* The newly described fungus, Geomyces destructans, causes an invasive skin infection in bats and is the likely agent of white-nose syndrome (WNS). * With immune system functions and body temperatures reduced during hibernation, bats may be unusually susceptible to a pathogenic fungus such as G. destructans. * WNS was first observed in a popular show cave near Albany, New York, leading some investigators to suspect that a visitor inadvertently introduced G. destructans at this site, triggering a wider WNS outbreak in North America. * Biologists trying to manage WNS within North American bat populations face major challenges, including the variety of susceptible host species, incredible dispersal capabilities of bats, difficulties in treating such populations, and persistence of the pathogen in their vulnerable underground habitats.

Publication Year 2011
Title Bat white-nose syndrome in North America
DOI 10.1128/microbe.6.267.1
Authors David S. Blehert, Jeffrey M. Lorch, Anne E. Ballmann, Paul M. Cryan, Carol U. Meteyer
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Microbe Magazine
Index ID 70004821
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center