Missouri Department of Conservation
In March 2012, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirmed Missouri's first fully developed case of a bat disease known as "white-nose syndrome" (WNS). The name describes a white fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes the disease and typically appears on the faces and wings of infected cave-dwelling bats. It it does not affect humans, but humans can spread the fungus on their clothes and gear. Please stay out of Missouri's caves unless you're part of a team conducting research on this disease. All Department caves are closed. Generally, all caves on Missouri's public lands are closed, except for tour caves in state parks and one on national park land. Contact for more information: Tony Elliott, Resource Scientist, Missouri Department of Conservation.