Deadly white nose syndrome in bats disrupts hibernation

Infected bat. (Bloomberg)

White-nose syndrome may be devastating bats by altering the normal sleep-wake cycle during hibernation and overstimulating their immune systems. When bats enter torpor, their body temperature drops to nearly freezing and their heart rate slows dramatically, but every couple of weeks, they will awake from this state. Researchers have found that infected bats wake more frequently and use far more energy than healthy bats. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/13)

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