“Some bats with white-nose syndrome cured by bacteria, scientists say”

Biologists say there’s new hope for struggling bat populations in Canada following laboratory and field trials that treated white-nose syndrome with a common North American bacteria. The syndrome arrived in Canada just five years ago but it has decimated populations. It’s estimated to have killed 5.7 million bats in Canada and the United States. The fungus attacks bats when they’re hibernating, penetrating their skin, causing dehydration and burning off the fat reserves they rely on to survive the winter.


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