The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that white-nose syndrome has killed 5.7 to 6.7 million bats in North America since it was first documented in 2006. Reporting
in BMC Physiology
, microbiologist David Blehert mapped out how the disease runs its course. He describes how the disease physically affects the bats and leads to death, and how this insight can provide more clues to stopping the outbreak.