White-nose syndrome fungus in a 1918 bat specimen from France

Michael G. Campana, Naoko P. Kurata, Jeffrey T Foster, Lauren E. Helgen, Dee Ann M. Reeder, Robert C. Fleischer, Kristofer M. Helgen

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White-nose syndrome, first diagnosed in North America in 2006, causes mass deaths among bats in North America. We found the causative fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, in a 1918 sample collected in Europe, where bats have now adapted to the fungus. These results are consistent with a Eurasian origin of the pathogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1611-1612
Number of pages2
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Campana, M. G., Kurata, N. P., Foster, J. T., Helgen, L. E., Reeder, D. A. M., Fleischer, R. C., & Helgen, K. M. (2017). White-nose syndrome fungus in a 1918 bat specimen from France. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23(9), 1611-1612. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2309.170875