Missouri Monitoring for Disease Affecting Bats

7 years 3 months 6 days ago Monday, July 11 2011 Jul 11, 2011 Monday, July 11, 2011 3:58:09 AM CDT July 11, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (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.

Elliott says researchers in Missouri have been checking for the disease the past two winters.
He says a wider net will likely be cast this winter. Elliott says bats help control pest insects.

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