Fatal fungal disease detected in Washington State bat

Washington state officials confirmed white-nose syndrome in a bat discovered by hikers near North Bend, Wash. The fungal disease has killed over 6 million bats in North America since it was first discovered in 2006, but this marks the first known detection in the Northwest. Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the pathogenic fungus, damages bats’ skin, causing them to wake early from hibernation and prematurely use up their winter energy stores.

The Oregonian (Portland) (3/31)

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