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Last updated 8:09PM ET
September 22, 2018
Emphasis - July 2
A bat with white-nose syndrome Photo by Alan C. Hicks, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
(wium) - Rich Egger's guests are Bob McCleery and Andrea Porras-Alfaro of Western Illinois University's Department of Biological Sciences.

McCleey and Porras-Alfaro are studying white-nose syndrome in bats. The fungus is suspected of killing millions of cave-dwelling bats in the eastern United States and Canada.

White-nose syndrome has started to spread and has been found as far west as Missouri, though no cases are reported in Illinois. However, some caves have been closed as a precautionary measure.

There is still a great deal unknown about white-nose syndrome. It's not known how it started. It's not known if it can be spread to bats by humans or if it's simply spread from bat-to-bat. It appears to be affecting only bats that live in caves.

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