July 6, 2010
A sick bat found in the Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield has tested positive for a disease that has killed more than 1 million bats.
Biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say it is the first case of white-nose syndrome in a bat species found only a few counties in southeast Virginia.
Testing done at a national wildlife center concluded the bat was "likely" infected with white-nose.
Biologists say the likely finding adds the species to a growing list of bats and extends the potential spread of the disease.
It's widely believed that the fungus thrives in cold, damp hibernation caves.
White-nose has been detected in nine states since it was first noticed in upstate New York in 2006.