White-nose syndrome news

Dunbar Cave State Park Suspends Cave Tours

Tennessee State Parks suspended cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Park after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for white nose syndrome.

White Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Bats From Western Maryland Cave

Annapolis, MD (March 18, 2010) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists have confirmed that bat carcasses collected from a cave near Cumberland on March 5, 2010 were infected with White Nose Syndrome (WNS). “This is the first confirmed WNS case in Maryland. DNR will implement a regimen of restricted access and decontamination procedures for all known bat locations,” said DNR Veterinarian Cindy Driscoll. “DNR has also encouraged the owners of the Cumberland cave to prohibit all access to the site.”

Bat Disease Found In Western Maryland Cave, White-Nose Syndrome is likely cause

Annapolis, MD (March 10, 2010) — Several dead bats and over two hundred visibly affected bats were found during a survey conducted in an Allegany County cave near Cumberland on March 5. The bats observed during the survey exhibited a white fungus concentrated around the muzzle of the infected bats. The findings are consistent with White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and if confirmed, this will be Maryland’s first documented occurrence of the disease.