White Nose Syndrome Detected in Northern Minnesota

Minnesota officials have confirmed the presence of a disease that kills hibernating bats.

State officials say several hundred bats were found dead at Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park since late January.

Tests confirm the presence of white–nose syndrome, a fungus infects bats while they hibernate.

The disease has spread to 27 states since 2007. Officials say a decline in bat populations could lead to higher mosquito numbers.