White-nose syndrome in bats spread now likely 20 states

White-nose syndrome, the fungal condition that has been killing bats in the United States, continues to spread, BBC News reported today The current toll is estimated at 5.5 million bats in 20 states. New is a finding that the fungus originates in Europe.

“Recent studies have painted a bleak picture for at least half of US bat species, which rely on hibernation for winter survival and are therefore potentially susceptible to the disease.”


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