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US lawmakers seek funding for bat disease research

US lawmakers seek funding for bat disease research

Congressional members from 13 states are asking the Obama administration for emergency funding to keep bats alive.
The lawmakers want the Interior Department to find out why a fungus has killed an estimated half-million of the animals.
They say white nose syndrome has profound implications for public health, the environment and the economy because bats feed on bugs that spread disease and damage crops.
There is no evidence that the fungus threatens humans.
The states involved are Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.


Updated : 2021-07-26 07:25 GMT+08:00