The National Park Service has shelved a proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Paw Paw because it could threaten bats that roost in three tunnels along the route.
The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.
The two kinds of fungus linked to a meningitis outbreak are found in plenty of places and rarely make people sick.
It has killed millions of bats and threatens to kill many more. A lethal fungus, unheard of in the U.S. just a few years ago, continues to spread.
Scientists studying white nose syndrome in bats estimate the fungal ailment has killed at least 5.7 million bats in 16 states and Canada, providing alarming new numbers about the scope of its decimation.
The Interior Department is unveiling a national plan to combat a fungus that has killed more than a million bats in the eastern and southern United States and is spreading west.