published Thursday, May 13th, 2010

White-nose syndrome found in 3 more state caves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State officials say bats from three more caves in Tennessee have been found to have white-nose syndrome.

Bats from Grindstaff Cave in Carter County, East Fork Saltpeter Cave in Fentress County and Camps Gulf Cave in Van Buren County have all tested positive for the disease.

These findings are in addition to those previously reported for Sullivan and Montgomery counties.

Along with the recent discovery of white-nose syndrome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this raises the total to six caves in Tennessee with documented cases.

The first documented case in Tennessee was in March.

White-nose syndrome is an infectious fungus blamed for killing 1 million bats in the northeastern United States.

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