Decontamination

This page has the most up-to-date information about official decontamination guidance and protocols for researchers and cavers.

UA researchers trace bat killer’s path

As North American bats face a death toll approaching 7 million, University of Akron scientists reveal new clues about their killer, White Nose Syndrome, or WNS. The UA researchers reveal that the deadly WNS fungus can likely survive in caves with or without the presence of bats and threatens the regional extinction of North American bats.

Revised Decontamination Protocol (June 25, 2012)

Revised decontamination guidance with language clarifying recommended decontamination procedures based on manufacturers' suggested product usage. Please check back for updated decontamination information.

Human Spread of White-nose Syndrome: Why Decontamination is Important.

A factsheet about decontamination and why it's important to stopping the spread of white-nose syndrome.
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The Propagation and Decontamination of WNS in the Environment -- Progress Report (July 2011)

Hazel A. Barton, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University, provides an update on the decontamination protocols she had been investigating. Included in the report are updates concerning heat treatments and chemical agents possibly effective in reducing Gd. In addition, it provides possible follow-up points both in the lab and field. (July 2011)

The Propagation and Decontamination of WNS in the Environment -- Progress Report 2 (April 2011)

Hazel A. Barton, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University, provides an update on her research with Geomyces pannorum and Geomyces destructans decontamination. The project includes updating protocols on mist-net decontamination that may also work for cave/hibernacula equipment. In addition, the report provides an update on a field experiment for treatment trials as well as an update on the fungi library in the lab. (April 2011)

Supporting Decontamination Documentation for Cavers

Information for cavers about decontamination and preventing the spread of white nose syndrome.

The Propagation and Decontamination of WNS in the Environment -- Progress Report 1 (May 2010)

Hazel A. Barton, PhD., Northern Kentucky University, provides an update on her research on the propagation and decontamination of Geomyces destructans. Included in this interim report are updates on the treatment of rope and mist-net samples using Woolite/Lysol; an update on the use and effectiveness of Agent C in a hibernacula; and an update on the creation of a fugal library. (May 2010)
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