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Ultraviolet technique can help spot bat disease

There’s hope for a new technique that will allow investigators to detect bats with white-nose syndrome . . .

A new technique to shed light (literally) on a deadly bat disease could help leave Montana cave explorers free to pursue their hobby.

Scientists working for the U.S. Geological Survey found that shining ultraviolet light on a bat’s wings can reveal if it’s exposed to a fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. Infected bats glow with a distinctive orange-yellow fluorescence.

The disease kills hibernating bats and is responsible for the destruction of huge colonies in 25 states and five Canadian provinces.

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