White-Nose Syndrome

White-Nose Syndrome placeholder image
  • White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a devastating disease that affects hibernating bats.  It was first discovered in New York in 2006 and has since spread across the nation.  WNS is caused by a fungus and often develops on the bats’ muzzle and is white in color.  WNS has resulted in the death of millions of bats.  Continual research is still ongoing for this disease.  There is no evidence that WNS can spread and infect humans.