Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome Investigations and Update on Surveillance for Pseudogymnoascus destructans

To: Natural Resource/Conservation Managers

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

Date: December 28, 2016

 The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Surveillance in 2016/2017. These guidelines are posted on the NWHC WNS Web page and replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts and a WNS Management Area map to assist submitters to identify priority species and to collect appropriate samples for submission to a diagnostic laboratory. These guidelines support the surveillance objectives of the WNS National Plan for identifying new geographic locations and bat species impacted by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) and WNS.

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