White Nose Syndrome: A Disease Killing Millions of Bats in the U.S.
White Nose Syndrome
White Nose Syndrome in Bats - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emerging disease in North American bats which by 2018 has killed millions of bats in the United States and Canada. The condition is named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of hibernating bats. It was first identified from a February 2006 photo taken in a cave in Schoharie County, New York. It has rapidly spread: By early 2018 it was found in 33 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces and the fungus without the syndrome had been found in three more states. Most cases are in the eastern half of the continent, but in March 2016 it was confirmed in a little brown bat in the state of Washington on the West Coast. In 2019, evidence of the fungus was detected in California for the first time, although no affected bats were found.
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