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Histopathology confirms white-nose syndrome in bats in Europe

January 1, 2012

White-nose syndrome, associated with the fungal skin infection geomycosis, caused regional population collapse in bats in North America. Our results, based on histopathology, show the presence of white-nose syndrome in Europe. Dermatohistopathology on two bats (Myotis myotis) found dead in March 2010 with geomycosis in the Czech Republic had characteristics resembling Geomyces destructans infection in bats confirmed with white-nose syndrome in US hibernacula. In addition, a live M. myotis, biopsied for histopathology during hibernation in April 2011, had typical fungal infection with cupping erosion and invasion of muzzle skin diagnostic for white-nose syndrome and conidiospores identical to G. destructans that were genetically confirmed as G. destructans.

Publication Year 2012
Title Histopathology confirms white-nose syndrome in bats in Europe
DOI 10.7589/0090-3558-48.1.207
Authors J. Pikula, H. Bandouchova, L. Novotny, Carol U. Meteyer, J. Zukal, N.R. Irwin, J. Zima, N. Martinkova
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Index ID 70032326
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center