In March 2016, white-nose syndrome (WNS) was confirmed in the state of Washington in a little brown bat from King County – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. Recently, a silver-haired bat from the same county also tested positive for Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes WNS. However, this silver-haired bat did not show signs, such as visible fungal growth or lesions, of having actually contracted WNS, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the WashingtonDepartment of Fish...
White-nose syndrome news
posted July 15, 2016
posted May 12, 2016
Bat Conservation, International and The Nature Conservancy are committed to supporting solution-oriented research that reduces or slows the spread and/or effects of White-nose Syndrome and the fungus that causes it, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. As such, we are pleased to announce the availability of funding for research projects that identify mechanisms to control the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome and its causative agent. This opportunity is available to all state and federal personnel, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and private or independent researchers. Award...
posted May 9, 2016
May 5, 2016 Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402 The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that is an often fatal to bats, has been confirmed for the first time in Rhode Island. A tri-colored bat hibernating in Newport County has tested positive for the presence of the disease, and soil samples collected from two other locations in Newport County confirmed the presence of fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), which causes the disease. There is no evidence that the disease poses a threat to humans,...
posted April 15, 2016
April 14, 2016 SALEM, Ore - With the recent confirmation of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in a little brown bat in Washington State, ODFW activated anonline bat reporting website. Anyone finding a dead bat or who observes bats flying during the day or during freezing weather should report this via the online site or call the ODFW Wildlife Health Hotline at 866-968-2600. ODFW veterinarian Colin Gillin said WNS is a fungal disease occurring in hibernating bats that has killed more than six million bats since 2006 when it was...
posted April 14, 2016
For immediate release: April 13, 2016 Contact: Rita Dixon, Idaho Department of Fish and Game firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-287-2735 Mark Drew, Idaho Department of Fish and Game email@example.com, 208-939-9171 BOISE - The recent confirmation of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, in Washington state has heightened concern over bats in Idaho. The primary goal of the state is to prevent the introduction of the fungus that causes WNS while preparing for its potential arrival. Click on link for full press release.
posted April 13, 2016
The latest formal revision of the national decontamination protocol to prevent spread of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. This document is the product of a collaborative effort between with multiple federal and state agencies and several non-governmental organizations.
Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
posted March 31, 2016
March 31, 2016 OLYMPIA – White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. The presence of this disease was verified by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center. WNS has spread quickly among bats in other affected areas, killing more than six million beneficial insect-eating bats in North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago. WNS is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock...
Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
posted March 28, 2016
Recommendations to reduce the potential for humans to disturb hibernating bats or inadvertently transport the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome to uncontaminated bat habitats. This guidance was produced by the interagency national response to white-nose syndrome through the White-nose Syndrome Disease Management Working Group.
Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
posted March 10, 2016
March 9, 2016 Contact: Tim Stephens (831) 459-4352; firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release SANTA CRUZ, CA--As the deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome continues to spread across North America, scientists are studying bats in China to understand how they are able to survive infections with the same fungus that has wiped out millions of North American bats. By comparing disease dynamics in North American and Asian bat populations, researchers have found evidence that Asian bat species have much lower levels of infection than North American species and therefore are resistant to...
posted March 8, 2016
Media contacts: Ed Quinn, Natural Resource Program consultant, Parks and Trails Division, 651-259-5594, email@example.com; Gerda Nordquist, Minnesota Biological Survey supervisor/mammalogist, Ecological and Water Resources Division, 651-259-5124, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jim Essig, park manager, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, 218-300-7003, email@example.com White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota,...