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Agency awards Va. grant to fight fatal bat disease

Tuesday - 7/10/2012, 12:17pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a $50,000 grant to Virginia to help the state fight a fatal bat disease.

White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats across the Northeast.

The agency says the funding will be used to monitor caves and mines where bats hibernate, prepare state response plans and for related projects.

White nose syndrome is caused by a fungus. It was first spotted in New York six years ago and has since spread to 19 states and four Canadian provinces.

Virginia is among 30 states receiving grants for white nose syndrome projects.

Jeremy Coleman with the Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will help improve the states' response efforts and support critical research projects.


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