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Mycotic dermatitis in a vagrant parti-coloured bat (Vespertilio murinus) in Great Britain
  1. Alex Barlow1,
  2. Tracey Jolliffe2,
  3. Mike Tomlin3,
  4. Lisa Worledge4 and
  5. Helen Miller4
  1. AHVLA – Wildlife Group, GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership, Langford House, Langford, North Somerset BS40 5DX
  2. Tayside Bat Group, Department of Medical Microbiology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY
  3. AHVLA – Luddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SJ
  4. Bat Conservation Trust, 15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BG

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THE Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) wildlife group vets, working with bat researchers from the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and the Vincent Wildlife Trust, have been investigating cases of fungal infection in hibernating bats in Great Britain since January 2010. This is to screen for evidence of Geomyces destructans, the cause of white-nose syndrome, which is causing mass die-offs of hibernating insectivorous bats in north-eastern and mid-Atlantic USA and adjoining provinces of Canada. The AHVLA wildlife group has, from January 2010 to March 2011, investigated 24 incidents in Great Britain. These had all been single or low numbers of …

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