WNS Map Update Adds Canada’s Westernmost Confirmation
Canada’s westernmost confirmation has been extended after an area, which includes Quetico Provincial Park, was added during the latest white-nose syndrome map update released on May 1st.
The confirmation jurisdiction is nearly directly across the border from St. Louis County, Minnesota where P. Destructans was discovered in Soudan Underground Mine State Park from samples taken in 2012.
A further suspect jurisdiction has also been added near Nipigon, Ontario.
Earlier this spring, detection of the fungus around Thunder Bay, Ontario moved Canada’s westernmost edge of the outbreak about 150 kilometers (93 miles). This latest discovery, in or around Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park, pushes it a further 150 kilometers (93 miles) west.
Produced by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, the map shows the confirmed and suspected occurrences of WNS by county/district from its initial discovery in 2006 through May 1st, 2015.
To date, WNS has been confirmed in bats in 26 states and five Canadian provinces.