White-Nose Syndrome Protocals
Sterilizing White Nose Syndrome Spores
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) illness in bats has killed more than 6. 5 million bats. initially found during the winter in New York, WNS spread rapidly throughout the US. Since bats provide economic and ecological benefits since they control insects and pollinate plants, the increasing number of deaths is worrisome.
The spores of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome attach to clothes, shoes, and equipment and live for a lengthy time. Washing and disinfecting all equipment and clothing prevents spreading the fungus. All Wildlife Control Professionals must follow WNS Decontamination protocols when encountering any infected bats during the exclusion process.
The identifying feature of WNS is the white fungal growth on the muzzles and wing membranes of an infected bat.
Rigorous field testing has developed a set of procedures for disinfecting all WNS contaminated equipment and WCO field workers. These steps provide recommendations for washing and cleaning contaminated structures, exposed parts of the body, as well as disinfecting and storing gear after bat sanitation jobs.
This Map Is A WNS Timelapse From 2005-06 Through 2018-19 Showing Occurrences By County Or District (Or Portions Thereof)
Description: Detection of White-nose Syndrome (WNS), and the causative fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans(Pd), usually occurs during the winter bat hibernation period; this map depicts counties or districts (or portions thereof) where WNS or Pd has been detected in association with one or more hibernation locations.
Multiple Spread Maps: https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/static-page/wns-spread-maps