A study published recently in Nature Communications models the spread of white nose syndrome in bats, says a press release from the University of Georgia. The model that fits the history of the disease’s dispersal across the United States, predicts a peak in infections in 2015-2016. It also predicts that caves most areas of the United States will have the WNS fungus within 100 years. The model does not include data from Canada.
The model shows that cold winters and the existence of caves are the key factors in where the disease is found.
Read the University of Georgia press release here.
Read the Nature Communications abstract, here. (A subscription or fee is required to access the full article.)
Photo: Little brown bat with white nose syndrome, courtesy of Missouri Dept. of Conservation.