White-Nose Syndrome Research at the University of Illinois
University of Illinois projects involving White-Nose Syndrome can be found here:
White-Nose Syndrome of Bats in Illinois
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a devastating disease of cave- and mine-hibernating bats, is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (formerly: Geomyces destructans). The disease was discovered in 2006 in New York state, and has since been spreading to encompass many of the important bat hibernacula of the northeastern United States. The disease has continued to spread, with recently confirmed WNS sites in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Bats roosting in a southern Illinois hibernaculum, February 2012. Photo by Steve Taylor / Prairie Research Institute.
Map of White-Nose Syndrome spread across North America
Illinois is now White-Nose positive, with several counties documented as having hibernacula infected.
WNS has been confirmed from four Illinois counties.