Collecting a skin swab for white-nose syndrome surveillance (AD)

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Detailed Description

This video shows the proper technique for collecting a skin swab from a bat that is either roosting in place or is manually restrained for white-nose syndrome surveillance. White-nose syndrome (WNS) ( is a highly fatal disease affecting multiple species of North American bats that is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. More information on white-nose syndrome surveillance is available from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center ( This procedure is intended to be performed by an authorized wildlife professional only. Bats may carry rabies and should never be directly handled without appropriate safety precautions.


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Length: 00:03:26

Location Taken: Madison, WI, US

Video Credits

Filming and narration by S. Grange. Technique demonstrated by A. Ballmann. Video editing by S. Grange and A. Ward. Audio description by A. Ward.