White-Nose Syndrome has killed over one million hibernating bats in eastern North America since 2006, where it was first discovered in a cave in Schoharie County, New York. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Part of the Department of the Interior, has announced today a national management plan to combat this deadly virus.
White nose syndrome (WNS) is a poorly understood illness. A fungal growth develops around the muzzle and the wings of animals, hence the name. The disease spread from the cave in New York into Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont in 2008. In 2009 it spread to New Hampshire, West Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2010 it reached Ontario (Canada ) and northern Tennessee.
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