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Vaccination May Help Bats Resist Killer Fungal Disease, Early Research Shows

A Tri-colored bat, at risk for white-nose syndrome, clings to the wall of a winter hibernaculum on the Ouachita Mountains.

White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease which has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in North America including in Arkansas, continues to spread. This month a coalition of Wisconsin wildlife scientists reported a breakthrough citing experiments where bats vaccinated orally or by injection survived at a higher rate and also developed specific anti-fungal immune responses.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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