From the Wildlife Society
Researchers have confirmed the way a lethal fungal disease has laid waste to huge populations of North American bats.
The new study proves the previous hypothesis that white-nose syndrome — a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (formerly Geomyces destructans) — killed bats by attacking their immune systems during hibernation when they are weakest. By comparing healthy and infected bat populations during hibernation, USGS researchers discovered that bats with the fungus used twice the energy as uninfected bats. The energy depleted in the infected bats was so great that it stops the bats from performing basic body functions during hibernations, causing bats to die from suffocation or other causes.
See the full article here: http://wildlife.org/white-nose-syndrome-better-explained/
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