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Bats infected with White Nose Syndrome (NYS DEC)
Bats infected with White Nose Syndrome (NYS DEC)

Athlete's foot drug could help bats

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State health officials say they've identified chemical compounds that could help bats fight off White Nose Syndrome. This is the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands--possibly millions--of bats across New York and the eastern U.S.

New York health commissioner Richard Daines says researchers identified what he called "safe chemical compounds" that can help fight off the cottony white substance that develops around an infected bat's snout and wings.

Health department researchers believe they've identified the specific fungus responsible for White Nose Syndrome. Then, they tested 2000 chemicals in an attempt to kill the growth.

In the laboratory, some of the most effective treatments involved drugs used on common human infections like athlete's foot.

One of these researchers, Dr. Vishnu Chaturvedi told Jonathan Brown it's not clear how to treat the disease in the wild, because there is still a lot they don't know.

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