Nova Scotia

Bat disease spreads to N.S.

The Nova Scotia government wants people to stay out of caves and old mine works that might house bats to try and stop the spread of a disease that's lethal to the province's little brown bat population.

The Nova Scotia government wants people to stay out of caves and old mine works that might house bats to try and stop the spread of a disease that's lethal to the province's little brown bat population.

Wildlife officials are expressing concern about the discovery of the disease in the bats.

Nova Scotia is the fourth province to confirm cases of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that leaves a white ring around a bat's nose, ears or wings.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says staying out of caves and old mines limits the chances of cross-contamination.

The disease poses no risk to humans and was also discovered in New Brunswick last month.

Insect-eating bats help to control pests, including the spruce budworm, that are destructive to forests and agricultural crops.

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