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Researchers visit caves to defeat bat epidemic

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JELLICO, Tenn. (AP) - Researchers with the University of Tennessee and Pennsylvania's Bucknell University recently visited Tennessee caves to collect 100 little brown bats for research aimed at combating white nose syndrome.

The fast-spreading fungal disease infects bats while they hibernate and has killed more than one million bats across the northeastern U.S.

Cory Holliday, a cave specialist for The Nature Conservancy, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that a lot of the research has to be done in labs where researchers can control the variables (http://bit.ly/rHaPiG ).

Researchers came to Tennessee for bats because the epidemic has killed so many in the Northeast.

Scientists say the disease so far has not spread across Tennessee as rapidly as was feared.

 

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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