Genetic analysis suggests the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats may be an invasive pathogen, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Center for Forest Mycology Research. The fungus has killed about 5.5 million bats and reached 20 states since it was first documented in the U.S. in 2006. Bats have been found in Europe with the white-nose syndrome fungus, but they appear to have evolved some resistance to it.

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