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WNS Summer Surveillance: DATA


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Anne Ballmann, 20170106, WNS Summer Surveillance: DATA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Bats occupying hibernacula during summer months may play an important role in the epidemiology of white-nose syndrome (WNS). For example, bats exposed to viable Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the causative agent of WNS, in late summer could spread the fungus by transmitting it to other bats or to other locations suitable for establishment of new environmental reservoirs. To explore risks for transmission of Pd during the non-hibernal season, we screened bats using hibernacula between July 18 to August 22, 2012 and associated environmental samples for presence of Pd. Study sites within the eastern United States included six hibernacula known to harbor Pd and two hibernacula in which bats with WNS had not been previously observed. [...]


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Anne Ballmann
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Anne E Ballmann
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bats_inside.csv 66.98 KB
Bats_outside.csv 11.97 KB
Enviro.csv 4.95 KB
Gear.csv 3.83 KB
Study site.csv 639 Bytes
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Documents bat species diversity during summer months at select hibernacula; assesses the prevalence of Pd exposure in bats that use contaminated environmental reservoirs (hibernacula) during the summer; identifies which sample types from bats and in the environment should be used for reliable Pd surveillance in summer months; demonstrates potential for contamination of equipment/clothing by Pd when working at or within Pd-contaminated environments even when there is no clinical signs of disease in the bat population


  • National Wildlife Health Center



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