Missouri Caves Monitored For Signs Of Deadly Bat Disease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Missouri conservation officials are monitoring caves and mines for a disease that can kill bats.

The disease is called white-nose syndrome and is caused by a fungus.

It started in New York and has spread to 16 states and three Canadian provinces.

More than 1 million bats have died.

Bill Elliott is a cave biologist and research scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

He says the fungus has been found in Missouri but that the closest confirmed infection in a bat is in Kentucky about 55 miles away.



Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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