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Fungus has killed 6 million bats, U.S. says

The death toll from white-nose syndrome is now 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats since 2006, and the disease is still spreading quickly, U.S. officials report.

It's been six years since the dawn of white-nose syndrome — a bat-killing fungus that's sweeping west across North America — but the disease is so fast and stealthy that scientists are still struggling to keep up. They reached a major milestone this week, albeit a discouraging one: They calculated about how many bats have died so far.

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