White-Nose Syndrome Fungus in a 1918 Bat Specimen from France.Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 09; 23(9):1611-1612.EI
White-nose syndrome, first diagnosed in North America in 2006, causes mass deaths among bats in North America. We found the causative fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, in a 1918 sample collected in Europe, where bats have now adapted to the fungus. These results are consistent with a Eurasian origin of the pathogen.