Decontaminate clothing and equipment after entering caves to reduce the spread of the white-nose syndrome pathogen
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Decontaminating clothing and equipment after entering caves may reduce the spread of the white-nose syndrome fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans by humans.
We found no studies evaluating the effects of decontaminating equipment when moving between caves on the spread of the white-nose syndrome fungus between bat populations. One study examined the effectiveness of different treatments to kill the white-nose syndrome fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans on clothing and materials used by cavers. Cleaning mud and sediment from clothing followed by treatment with commercially available disinfectants (e.g. household bleach) successfully killed the fungus, as did soaking clothing in water above 50˚C for at least 20 minutes (Shelley et al. 2013).
Shelley V., Kaiser S., Shelley E., Williams T., Kramer M., Haman K., Keel K. & Barton H.A. (2013) Evaluation of strategies for the decontamination of equipment for Geomyces destructans, the causative agent of white-nose syndrome (WNS). Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 75, 1–10.