Local/Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

White Nose Syndrome Detected At Daniel Boone Nat. Forest

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Appearances of white nose syndrome have been confirmed in Daniel Boone National Forest.

The deadly bat disease has been discovered elsewhere in Kentucky, but the U.S. Forest Service says this is the first confirmed case in Daniel Boone. Surveys of 38 bat-hibernation caves found bats with the disease in six. Those were located in Pulaski, Rockcastle, and Jackson counties.

The disease, which produces a white fungus, was first seen in 2006 in New York, but has since killed millions of bats along the Eastern part of the country.

While no evidence suggests that the syndrome can cause illness in humans, it can be spread by humans who visit the caves and don’t properly clean their shoes and other clothing. Federal officials have shut down all non-commercial caves on national forest land in the Eastern U.S. in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease.