White-nose Syndrome: New Locations in Missouri, Tennessee and Quebec

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has detected the genetic signature of the fungus Geomyces destructans, the likely cause of white-nose syndrome (WNS), in skin samples collected from little brown bats submitted for testing from a cave in Pike County, Missouri and from White Oak Blowhole Cave in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition, the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources has announced that WNS was detected in the Outaouais region of Quebec, and this finding was confirmed by the NWHC.