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PRO/AH/EDR> White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): (TN)

WHITE NOSE SYNDROME, BATS - NORTH AMERICA (06): (TENNESSEE)
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Date: Fri 29 Jun 2018, 04:33 PM CDT
Source: WKRN.com [edited]
<https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/fatal-disease-plaguing-bats-in-tenn-putting-agriculture-at-risk/1274243120>


A fatal disease is plaguing Tennessee's bats, which in turn is putting
agriculture at risk. White Nose Syndrome is a growing concern for
Tennessee's wildlife officials.

Finding ways to control the fungus is a top priority, as agriculture
plays a vital role in Tennessee's economy. When accounting for
multiplier effects, the agri-forestry industrial complex added USD
81.8 billion to Tennessee's economy in 2015. "Bats provide the
ecosystem services. They save the agriculture industry literally
billions of dollars each year," Josh Campbell with the Tennessee
Wildlife Resources Agency told News 2. While not everyone loves bats,
the flying mammals consume tons of insects which control pest for crop
production.

Wildlife officials said they are dying at the hands of White Nose
Syndrome, a cold-loving fungus found in caves.

"In response they wake up aroused to try and fight off the fungus and
it causes them to wake up more frequently than they typically would in
the winter, leave the caves in search of food and so they end up being
exposed to cold temperatures which they can die from or starve to
death from the repeated arousals," Campbell explained.

He said the fungus was discovered in 2006 in New York and has since
spread significantly. "It has spread down the Appalachians through
Tennessee and across the U.S.; it's actually made its way all the way
to the state of Washington."

Now it has spread across 32 states Campbell said, killing more than 6
million bats. "It is a major concern because we have 3 species that
are listed as endangered or threatened here in the state."

He said the disease is difficult to prevent and scientists across the
country and North America are working to develop treatments for both
caves and bats. "It's very problematic because you are dealing with a
wild animal that moves around throughout the winter time throughout
the year," he explained.

White Nose Syndrome has led to a number of cave closures to the
public. While wildlife officials said it doesn't harm humans, we can
transmit it. Some commercial caves now require people to walk through
a water bath or some type of carpet that is treated to help remove as
much of the soil from the cave.

Campbell said they are trying to increase the amount of summer habitat
that's available for bats. The community can help in their efforts by
installing bat boxes in their backyard.

The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network's annual Bat Blitz will be
hosted in Sewanee at the end of July [2018]. During the 3-day blitz,
around 65 biologists from across the country will be conducting bat
studies.

[Byline: Stephanie Langston]

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[The geographical distribution of WNS as of 2 Jul 2018 can be seen at
<https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/resources/map>. - Mod.PMB]

[See Also:
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): (SD) 1st rep
http://promedmail.org/post/20180614.5856304
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): (WY) 1st rep
http://promedmail.org/post/20180604.5837539
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): (TX)
http://promedmail.org/post/20180411.5739862
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): (KS) 1st report
http://promedmail.org/post/20180404.5727612
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (01): (SC) surveillance
http://promedmail.org/post/20180321.5701730
2017
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (09): (ID) surveillance
http://promedmail.org/post/20170906.5299345
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): (AL) bat population
decline http://promedmail.org/post/20170630.5142798
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (07): (AL) southeastern bat,
1st rep. http://promedmail.org/post/20170607.5090853
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): (NC) surveys
http://promedmail.org/post/20170530.5071104
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): (SC) new counties
http://promedmail.org/post/20170407.4955487
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): (NE) 1st report
http://promedmail.org/post/20170320.4913560
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): (MN) population
declines http://promedmail.org/post/20170315.4902152
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: evidence of resistance
http://promedmail.org/post/20170113.4764252
2016
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (11): mycovirus helps track
spread http://promedmail.org/post/20161227.4725825
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (10): (AB, BC) surveillance
http://promedmail.org/post/20161104.4602737
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (09): (WA) North American
origin http://promedmail.org/post/20160808.4401958
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): (GA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20160521.4236844
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (07): (WI) new counties
http://promedmail.org/post/20160516.4225568
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): (RI) 1st rep
http://promedmail.org/post/20160509.4210281
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): (WA) 1st rep western
N. America http://promedmail.org/post/20160403.4136390
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): (MI)
http://promedmail.org/post/20160330.4128848
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): (MN) 1st conf deaths
http://promedmail.org/post/20160318.4104314
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): (NY) update
http://promedmail.org/post/20160201.3983856
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: regulation
http://promedmail.org/post/20160115.3938914
2015
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (12): treatment, Rhodococcus
VOCs http://promedmail.org/post/20151115.3792313
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): (OK) 1st rep of fungus
http://promedmail.org/post/20150521.3377575
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (07): (IA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20150421.3310779
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): European origin
http://promedmail.org/post/20150414.3297243
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): USA (IL)
http://promedmail.org/post/20150306.3213262
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): USA (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20150305.3210680
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): (MI)
http://promedmail.org/post/20150129.3128540
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): USA (WI)
http://promedmail.org/post/20150126.3119906
White nose syndrome, bats: mechanism of death explained
http://promedmail.org/post/20150107.3075646
2014
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (09): USA (MS) 1st rep
http://promedmail.org/post/20140613.2538105
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): (MI, WI)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140415.2405593
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (07): (AL)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140331.2369436
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): (GA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140314.2334141
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): USA (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140226.2300803
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): USA (AR)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140203.2251459
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): USA (MO)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140126.2232664
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): surveillance
http://promedmail.org/post/20140114.2171370
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: Canada (PE)
http://promedmail.org/post/20140112.2168516
2013
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (14): (MN)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130811.1874812
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (13): research progress
http://promedmail.org/post/20130730.1853096
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (11): USA (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130504.1690718
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: USA (10): USA (AL)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130410.1634598
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (09): update
http://promedmail.org/post/20130408.1630270
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): USA (PA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130402.1617278
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: USA (06): (SC,GA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130314.1586104
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): USA (IL)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130307.1574809
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): Canada (PE)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130303.1568469
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): USA (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130221.1552480
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): USA (MO)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130126.1516266
White nose syndrome, bats - North America: USA (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20130118.1503909
2012
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White nose syndrome, bats - North America (20): immune complication
http://promedmail.org/post/20121203.1436114
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (19): USA
http://promedmail.org/post/20121002.1320325
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (18): USA (IA)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120616.1170523
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (17): USA (TN)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120531.1151215
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (16): USA (MD)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120512.1131387
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (15): USA (TN)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120503.1122040
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (14): (NY) recovery
http://promedmail.org/post/20120422.1110126
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (13): fungus from EU
http://promedmail.org/post/20120411.1096629
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (12): (MO) 1st conf.
http://promedmail.org/post/20120406.1092785
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (11): USA (DE, AL)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120402.1087681
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (10): USA (MO): susp
http://promedmail.org/post/20120402.1087680
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (09): USA (MO) susp
http://promedmail.org/post/20120330.1085190
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (08): USA
http://promedmail.org/post/20120322.1077634
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (07): (AL) 1st report
http://promedmail.org/post/20120316.1072257
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (06): (OH)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120218.1045845
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (05): (KY)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120209.1036851
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (04): Canada (NB)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120202.1029552
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (03): Canada (NB)
http://promedmail.org/post/20120125.1020976
White nose syndrome, bats - North America (02): update
http://promedmail.org/post/20120120.1016185
White nose syndrome, bats - North America
http://promedmail.org/post/20120111.1006347
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