At least 5.7 million bats dead of white-nose syndrome

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently estimated that 5.7 to 6.7 million bats in North America have died due to white-nose syndrome.

First noticed in New York in 2006, the mysterious disease has spread into 16 states, including Virginia, and Canada.

Biologists are studying what causes the ailment, characterized by a white fungus that grows around the bats’ faces. They expect the disease will continue to spread.

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