Thursday, April 14, 2011

Update on White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

On Wednesday, Kentucky officials announced a little brown bat tested positive for White-nose Syndrome (WNS), making Kentucky the 18th state to document the disease or associated fungus.

The bat was found dead in a cave about 30 miles from Paducah in southwestern Kentucky.

Little browns have been especially hard-hit by the disease. A recent scientific study predicted the species - once among the most common of American bats - will face regional extinctions in the Northeastern United States within two decades because of White-nose Syndrome.

Sadly, we believe this tragedy will keep expanding. The disease (or the WNS fungus) has now reached into more than one-third of U.S. states and spread to three Canadian provinces, killing well over a million bats in just five years. And more reports are likely as biologists examine additional bat-hibernation caves for signs of White-nose Syndrome.

BCI continues to work to raise federal dollars for fighting this disease, and we will continue sending you the latest updates on White-nose Syndrome as results from state hibernacula surveys are reported.


Nina Fascione
Executive Director

P.S. Bats need our help more than ever. Please support WNS research and donate today, before it's too late.

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