NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

White Nose Syndrome

Decontamination Protocols at the 2021 NSS Convention

Cavers of the National Speleological Society are well-aware of the destructive havoc that White Nose Syndrome has brought to bat populations across North America. And while the syndrom is not related to our current human pandemic, the proliferation of Covid serves as a classic example of how quickly microorganisms can spread. In compliannce with federal protocols, and in an over-abundance of caution, the annual NSS Convention will - again - adhere to decontamination protocols as defined by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

What is WNS?

The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) is the cause of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has resulted in unprecedented mortality of hibernating bats in North America. The best available science indicates that Pd arrived in North America from a foreign source. Since the first documented evidence of WNS in New York in 2006, WNS has spread rapidly in North America and continues to threaten hibernating populations of bats across the continent.

Learn More

The National Decontamination Protocol has been updated to reflect the current known distribution of Pd, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, in the United States and recent laboratory testing results of previously approved decontamination agents. The full protocol may be downloaded here:

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