Bat White-Nose Syndrome: An Emerging Fungal Pathogen?

@article{Blehert2009BatWS,
  title={Bat White-Nose Syndrome: An Emerging Fungal Pathogen?},
  author={David S. Blehert and Alan C. Hicks and Melissa J. Behr and Carol Uphoff Meteyer and Brenda M. Berlowski-Zier and Elizabeth L. Buckles and Jeremy T. H. Coleman and Scott R. Darling and Andrea Gargas and Robyn Niver and Joseph C. Okoniewski and Robert J. Rudd and Ward B. Stone},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={323},
  pages={227 - 227}
}
White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a condition associated with an unprecedented bat mortality event in the northeastern United States. Since the winter of 2006*2007, bat declines exceeding 75% have been observed at surveyed hibernacula. Affected bats often present with visually striking white fungal growth on their muzzles, ears, and/or wing membranes. Direct microscopy and culture analyses demonstrated that the skin of WNS-affected bats is colonized by a psychro-philic fungus that is… Expand
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  • 2009
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