Devastating bat disease detected in Nebraska for first time

A disease that has decimated bat populations across the eastern United States has arrived in Nebraska.

A team of biologists recently found several dozen dead bats during a survey of an inactive limestone mine in Cass County. Later testing confirmed they died of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease which affects hibernating bats.

There’s no known threat to humans, pets or livestock. But white-nose syndrome has killed off some 95 percent of the threatened northern long-eared bat population in the eastern U.S., and had similar impacts on populations of little brown bats and tri-colored bats.

 In total, the disease has killed more than 6 million bats.
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