White-nose syndrome news

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Arkansas

Arkansas becomes 23rd state to confirm deadly disease in bats YELLVILLE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to several bat species, in Arkansas. The disease was documented in two northern long-eared bats found at a cave on natural area managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission in Marion County. White-nose syndrome is thought to be transmitted primarily from bat to bat or substrate to bat, but fungal spores may be inadvertently carried to caves by humans on clothing, boots and equipment. The syndrome is...

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.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center released updated Bat Submission Guidelines for WNS

From Wildlife Health Bulletin 2014-01 "The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for the 2013/2014 WNS surveillance season. These guidelines, which are available on the NWHC WNS Web page, replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts to assist submitters with selecting priority species and appropriate samples for diagnostic submission based on location (a map that designates WNS Management Areas as either within the endemic area, the intermediate area, or the at-risk area is included on page 10). These guidelines...