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DNREC News: White-nose syndrome detected in Delaware bats

Visitors to Fort Delaware to be asked to follow guidelines to minimize spread.

“White-nose syndrome is an illness that has devastated bat populations throughout the Northeast and has spread to the Southeast, Midwest and Canada,” said DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Holly Niederriter. “There is no evidence that it poses any health threat to humans. However, we will need to educate visitors to Fort Delaware about the presence of WNS and how they can help prevent spreading it to other bat populations. Microscopic WNS spores can easily hitch a ride on shoes, clothing, cameras and backpacks from the fort to areas where unaffected bats reside.”