White-nose syndrome news

Fungus that causes bat disease detected in Nebraska

November 12, 2015 Contact: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Mike Fritz 402-471-5419 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Hibbard 413-253-8569 LINCOLN – The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Nebraska. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans – or P. destructans – was detected in samples sent to researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz for testing. The samples were collected in 2015 from bats hibernating in...

Fungus that causes bat disease detected in Nebraska

November 12, 2015 Contact: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Mike Fritz 402-471-5419 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Hibbard 413-253-8569 LINCOLN – The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Nebraska. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans – or P. destructans – was detected in samples sent to researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz for testing. The samples were collected in 2015 from bats hibernating in...

National Parks work to protect bats and their habitats

Release Date: October 26, 2015 Contacts: Kristy Burnett, kristy_burnett@partner.nps.gov, 970-267-7205 FORT COLLINS – From monitoring the health of bat populations to minimizing the human spread of the deadly fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS), the National Park Service (NPS) has 43 projects underway in more than 40 parks to protect and preserve bats and their habitats. Park personnel undertake a variety of tasks to safeguard bats, their hibernacula, and maternity roosts from WNS, a fungal disease decimating up to 100% of some bat colonies. The NPS dedicated $3 million to...

Bat disease fungus found to be widespread in northeast China

October 29, 2015 Contact: Tim Stephens (831) 459-4352; stephens@ucsc.edu   Bat disease fungus found to be widespread in northeast China   Discovery greatly expands the known distribution of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which has decimated bat populations in North America     SANTA CRUZ, CA--Bats in northeast China are infected with the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that has decimated bat populations in North America since it first appeared in upstate New York in 2006. A team of American and Chinese researchers found the...