USFWS Releases New WNS Decontamination Protocols

April 12, 2012 / United States, North America

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working with state and federal agency partners, have released new national white-nose syndrome decontamination protocols.

The protocols, which help reduce the risk of transmission, now include a hot water method which replaces the previous boiling water method. The process includes submersion in hot water, with sustained temperatures over 50º Celsius (122º Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes.

To make things easier, the document now includes a flow chart which helps dispel the confusion of whether gear can be used in a cave.

White-nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocols Flow Chart

Be sure to grab a copy of the updated decontamination protocols and familiarize yourself with the updated information.

New national WNS decontamination protocols available [whitenosesyndrome.org]

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