Scientists working to understand the devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) now have a new, non-lethal tool to identify bats with WNS lesions —ultraviolet, or UV, light. If long-wave UV light is directed at the wings of bats with white-nose syndrome, it produces a distinctive orange-yellow fluorescence. This orange-yellow glow corresponds directly with microscopic skin lesions that are the current “gold standard” for diagnosing white-nose syndrome in bats. (click file for full release)
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posted May 28, 2014
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
posted May 23, 2014
News story and video featuring white-nose syndrome work in New Brunswick and the people behind it.
Source: New Brunswick Museum
posted May 12, 2014
DORSET, Vt. (AP) — The entrance to the Aeolus cave in Dorset is littered with the bones of thousands of bats that have died since white nose syndrome first appeared in Vermont. Biologists are hoping research gathered from data collected over the winter there will help determine if more bats are surviving the disease. Last fall, biologists glued radio tags to the backs of more than 400 bats and lined the cave with electronic equipment that monitors how many of the bats emerged in the winter — a sign of white nose infection and near-certain death — or how many waited...
posted May 7, 2014
May 6, 2014 A service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation OKLAHOMA REMOVED FROM LIST OF SUSPECTED BAT FUNGUS AREAS After re-examining an Oklahoma bat specimen originally tested in 2010, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center have dropped Oklahoma from the list of areas where White-Nose Syndrome in bats has been suspected or confirmed. The scientists have also removed the Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) from the list of bat species that have tested positive for the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that has been associated...
posted May 1, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, continues its deadly toll on North Carolina bat populations.
posted April 24, 2014
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) — A sign posted at Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky lets visitors know if they tour the largest known cave system in the world, they will have to walk on bio-security mats immediately afterward. Shoes must be scrubbed to help contain the spread of a disease that has killed more than 6 million cave-dwelling bats in the United States.
posted April 10, 2014
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a consortium of partners announced today that the fungus known to cause significant rates of illness and death in North American bats has been detected for the first time within the state's borders. White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been found in three Michigan counties: Alpena, Dickinson and Mackinac.
posted April 10, 2014
MADISON - White-nose syndrome, a bat disease that has spread to 23 states and killed up to 5 million bats since 2006, has been confirmed in Wisconsin, state natural resources officials announced today.
posted April 9, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. —Wildlife officials said recent surveys of bats in New Hampshire show the animals are still being devastated by a fungal infection.