Fungus strikes but doesn't kill European bats

Raging North American epidemic continues to be highly lethal

By Janet Raloff, 14:36 PM May 6, 2011

White-nose syndrome, a fungus spreading like wildfire through hibernating North American bats, has just been reported in 12 European countries. But unlike the American epidemic, which typically kills 75 percent or more of exposed bats, the European infection has not been associated with mortality.

This suggests that Geomyces destructans, the fungus responsible, has been in Europe a long time, says biologist Sébastien Puechmaille of University College Dublin. “And when I say a long time, I m...

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