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.
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