Updated at 4:10 p.m. to include quotes from IDNR and 4:23 p.m. to include map.
Officials in Illinois have found the first cases of a devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome in that state.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says laboratory tests confirmed the fungal disease in two species of bat in four counties. Those include Monroe County in the Metro East, LaSalle County in north-central Illinois, and Hardin and Pope Counties in the southern part of the state.
A disease that has killed more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada is making its way west. White-nose syndrome has now been diagnosed in three Missouri bats — the first confirmed cases west of the Mississippi. And scientists say it won't stop there.