White Nose Syndrome is a fungal infection affecting bats. The fungus apparently disrupts the bats’ hibernation, and thus causes them to starve to death.
Scientists are not sure yet how the fungus has spread, so the National Speleological Society and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have recommended that cavers disinfect clothing after spelunking.
The white nose syndrome is a fungus that appears on bats’ noses and wings. The fungus is transmitted usually between bats and cases are high in the northeastern states. The disease can make bats lose their fat reserves, which disrupts hibernation. The bats will leave their hibernation sites and go out into the winter, where they often die.
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