Figure 2.

Recent studies show that bats can recover from white-nose syndrome. Sequential back-lit photographs showing wing healing over time in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) that was naturally infected by the fungus Geomyces destructans during hibernation and then brought into captivity for supportive care, as reported by Meteyer et al. 2011 [11]. This type of healing was observed in many of the 25 bats that recovered from white-nose syndrome by the end of that 70-day study; 31 May (a) the wings show areas of increased density and contraction due to fungal damage, as well as translucent areas indicative of thinning or loss of epidermis associated with immune response and healing. On 17 July (b), the same wings show recovery without evidence of lesions or scarring. Images modified from Meteyer et al. 2011 [11], page 622.

Cryan et al. BMC Biology 2013 11:47   doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-47
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