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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Tests are being conducted to determine if some gray bats in a cave near Springfield are carrying a deadly fungus.

Researchers from Missouri State University discovered the possible fungus problem after capturing 44 endangered gray bats at Sequiota Cave.

Biology professor Lynn Robbins says the bats did not appear to have white nose syndrome, which has killed more than a million bats in eastern states. But he says some gray bat wings had discoloration that could indicate an infection.

The Springfield News-Leader reports samples were sent to the U.S. Geological Survey’s disease laboratory in Madison, Wis.

Robbins said it could take a few weeks to know if a fungus has reached Springfield. He says it would be big news in the bat world if the disease has reached southwest Missouri.

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