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DADE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that bats with a deadly disease have been found in two Dade County, Ga., caves.
Several tri-colored bats with white-nose syndrome were found in Lookout Mountain Cave at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and in Sittons Cave at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
White-nose syndrome is named for a white fungus that coats the muzzles, ears and wings of infected bats, according to Georgia DNR wildlife biologist Trina Morris. The disease is deadly to bats and has killed millions of them in the eastern U.S.
Morris said there is no evidence white-nose syndrome infects humans, but people have carried spores of it out of caves on their clothing or gear.