On the east coast of the United States, a fungus is infecting bats and populations back east have declined. The disease is called White Nose Syndrome and it's spreading westward. To date, the majority of evidence suggests that bats are the primary vector for spreading the disease. Yet, caution is advised for humans in case they are inadvertantly spreading the disease. To combat the spreading disease, caves with bat habitats at risk are being closed in an effort to stop the spreading of the fungus.
It is believed the White Nose syndrome will eventually make it to the west coast and impact the bat populations here. To learn more about the disease, please visit the Bat Conservation and Management page on White Nose Syndrome.
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