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Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer

August 1, 2017 Contact: Marisa Lubeck, 303-526-6694, mlubeck@usgs.gov Gail Moede Rogall, 608-270-2438, gmrogall@usgs.gov The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of North American bats during hibernation, could also spread in summer months. Bats and humans visiting contaminated caves and mines can inadvertently contribute to the spread of the fungus, according to a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS scientists tested samples collected from bats, the environment and...