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Fatal disease continues to threaten AL bats

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White Nose Syndrome has killed nearly 6 million bats nationwide. (Source: MGN Online) White Nose Syndrome has killed nearly 6 million bats nationwide. (Source: MGN Online)
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A disease that is fatal to bats has been detected in Alabama for the second time in two years.

The US Forestry Service found two bats that tested positive for White Nose Syndrome in Lawrence County. The bats stricken by the fungal growth were found in caves in the Bankhead National Forest.

The syndrome first turned up in Jackson County bats in 2012. Since 2006, White Nose Syndrome has killed 6 million bats nationwide.

It is not a direct threat to humans, but it could impact farmers because fewer bats could mean fewer predators to eat insects that threaten crops.

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