Mapping White-Nose Syndrome’s Lethal Course In Bats
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that white-nose syndrome has killed 5.7 to 6.7 million bats in North America since it was first documented in 2006. Reporting in BMC Physiology, microbiologist David Blehert mapped out how the disease runs its course. He describes how the disease physically affects the bats and leads to death, and how this insight can provide more clues to stopping the outbreak.
David Blehert is branch chief of the Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories of the United States Geological Survey at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.