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Wildlife Resources Agency: First cases of deadly bat fungus confirmed in Sullivan County

February 17th, 2010 12:00 am by Associated Press

NASHVILLE - A fungus that has killed thousands of bats in the Eastern United States has spread to Tennessee.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency this week confirmed that two bats have tested positive for White Nose Syndrome, the first record of the fungus in the state.

The infected bats were hibernating in a cave in Sullivan County in the northeastern part of the state.

Government officials closed caves on public lands in Tennessee last spring in an effort to slow down the disease. The fungus spreads rapidly and killed off 95 percent of the bats at one New York bat hibernation site alone.

Scientists still don't know what causes White Nose Syndrome. Wildlife officials say there is no evidence that it is harmful to humans.

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