Recommendations for Preventing the Spread of White-nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emerging disease of bats in North America which has caused mass mortalities of bats in the north-eastern United States. Recent reports indicate that the disease has now affected bats in parts of Canada. See the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) for more details.

The Disinfection Protocol for Bat Field Research/Monitoring, prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides important recommendations for bat researchers on the prevention of spread of white-nose syndrome. Researchers should be aware of updates to this protocol as it is expected to be revised periodically as research on the fungus continues.