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by Jeff Matthews

The White-Nose Syndrome website has just published an up-to-date map of the spread of the deadly fungal infection that is destroying the bat population of North America. White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emerging disease in North American bats that is named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of hibernating bats and was first identified in February 2006 and has rapidly spread. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which colonizes the bat's skin. No obvious treatment or means of preventing transmission is known and some species have declined more than 90% within five years of the disease reaching a site.

The website presents a series of charts comparing the progressive spread of the disease over time since its discovery.

This is the link to White-Nose Syndrome.org

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Map up to date as of June 12, 2015

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