DES MOINES - White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in Iowa, making it the 26th state to confirm the disease of hibernating bats that has killed more than 5.7 million bats since 2006.
Three bats collected in Des Moines County were confirmed to have white-nose syndrome (WNS). Two little brown bats and one northern long-eared bat observed near a cave entrance showed visible signs of WNS during monitoring for the disease. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed that the bats had WNS.
Efforts to prevent the spread of a fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats will be stepped up after a low level of the fungus was detected on a hibernating big brown bat at Maquoketa Caves State Park.
Caves at Maquoketa Caves State Park will remain closed this season, as natural resources officials work to slow the spread of a disease fatal to bats. The caves are a popular feature at the state park, in Jackson County.
Resources from Iowa Department of Natural Resources