Deadly bat disease gets easier to diagnose

By Sarah Zielinski, 11:11 AM June 10, 2014

In less than a decade, the deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome has taken hold across the eastern half of the United States and up into Canada. With the disease confirmed in Michigan and Wisconsin in April, WNS has now been documented in 25 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. Millions of hibernating bats from six species have been infected with the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd.

The disease attacks a bat’s skin, and an infected bat often displays abnormal behavior, s...

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