USGS National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Health Bulletin 2015-02 Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance and Early Detection of Pseudogymnoascus destructans

To: Natural Resource/Conservation Managers

From: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Date: March 13, 2015

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for the 2014/2015 white-nose syndrome (WNS) surveillance season. These guidelines, which are posted 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 support the WNS National Plan surveillance objectives for identifying new geographic locations and bat species impacted by WNS and the causative fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd).

In addition to the updated Bat Submission Guidelines, please see the recently revised WNS case definitions and the WNS Diagnostic Working Group guidelines for safe handling of potentially infectious materials harboring Pd. Guidance on acceptable methods for euthanasia of bats for diagnostic evaluation of WNS is available upon request.

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