White-nose syndrome news

Missouri confirms WNS in bats

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received confirmation that a deadly disease in bats called “White-Nose Syndrome” (WNS) has been found in three bats from two caves in Lincoln County.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Acadia National Park

White-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease that has recently killed millions of bats in eastern North America, has been confirmed in bats at Acadia National Park in Maine. This is the first confirmation of WNS in Acadia National Park and in Hancock County.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that both a tricolored and a little brown bat found in a park cave tested positive for white-nose syndrome (WNS). This discovery transitions the park from only finding evidence of the fungus that causes WNS in a cave to now finding animals actively affected by the disease.

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Confirmed in Alabama

White-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America, has been confirmed in bats in the Russell Cave complex in Jackson County, marking the arrival of the disease in Alabama.

White-nose syndrome spreads in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has detected white-nose syndrome in bats at three Breckinridge County caves.

Histopathology Confirms White-Nose Syndrome in Bats in Europe

White-nose syndrome, associated with the fungal skin infection geomycosis, caused regional population collapse in bats in North America. This study, based on histopathology, show the presence of white-nose syndrome in Europe.

Bat Killing Fungus Detected at Liberty Park (Summit County, Ohio)

Biologists have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in bats living in the caves and ledges of Liberty Park in Twinsburg, OH. The number of infected bats in this northern Summit County park is unknown, but the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5 million bats in eastern North America since it was first detected during the winter of 2006-07. The first documented case in Ohio was in 2011. Park staff made the local discovery following a weekly survey of the area in mid-January. Biologists found a dead little brown bat outside one of the park’s off-...

North American bat death toll exceeds 5.5 million from white-nose syndrome

On the verge of another season of winter hibernating bat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners estimate that at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have now died from white-nose syndrome (WNS). Biologists expect the disease to continue to spread. WNS is decimating bat populations across eastern North America, with mortality rates reaching up to 100 percent at many sites. First documented in New York in 2006, the disease has spread quickly into 16 states and four Canadian provinces. In response, the Service has been leading an extensive network of partners in...

USGS National Wildlife Health Center releases new WNS submission guidelines for researchers

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center today released sample submission guidelines for use by researchers when surveying bat hibernacula or evaluating unusual bat morbidity or mortality during the winter 2011-2012.


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