Iowa: Low-Level Detection of Fungus Dangerous to Bats Prompts Additional Precautions at Maquoketa Caves
Efforts to prevent the spread of a fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats will be stepped up after a low level of the fungus was detected on a hibernating big brown bat at Maquoketa Caves State Park.
The detection of the fungus came from a swab taken during sampling on the hibernating bats in March. The testing is used to detect DNA that would indicate the presence of the fungus (Geomyces destructans) that causes white-nose syndrome, which has been deadly for bats particularly in the northeastern portions of the United States and Canada. The testing was done as part of a national study being conducted in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.
Dozens of dolphins stranded in Texas since fall
The deaths of more than 120 dolphins off the Texas coast has prompted a federal agency to declare the event "unusual" and launch an investigation into whether they were related to a drought-related algae bloom or a more widespread mortality event that has plagued the northern Gulf of Mexico for two years.
Butterflies And Bats Aid In Research About Infectious Diseases
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11 Jun 2012
Culling vampire bats is for suckers, says study
Killing vampire bats in a bid to curtail the spread of rabies to humans and livestock may make the problem worse, scientists said Wednesday.
The practice of "vampiricide" in which a poisonous paste is applied to captured animals who spread it to others in mutual grooming back in the roost, does not reduce rabies prevalence, they contend. It may, in fact, increase it.
... The researchers theorised that bats repeatedly exposed to rabies may develop immunity to the disease. "Vampiricide" would be effective at killing these immune, adult bats but perhaps not juveniles, which are unlikely to groom older bats.
"When you kill off the adult bats that may be immune, you're making space for susceptible juvenile bats," said Streicker.
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