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Invasion dynamics of white-nose syndrome fungus, midwestern United States, 2012-2014.

  • Author(s): Langwig, Kate E
  • Hoyt, Joseph R
  • Parise, Katy L
  • Kath, Joe
  • Kirk, Dan
  • Frick, Winifred F
  • Foster, Jeffrey T
  • Kilpatrick, A Marm
  • et al.
Abstract

White-nose syndrome has devastated bat populations in eastern North America. In Midwestern United States, prevalence increased quickly in the first year of invasion (2012-13) but with low population declines. In the second year (2013-14), environmental contamination led to earlier infection and high population declines. Interventions must be implemented before or soon after fungal invasion to prevent population collapse.

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