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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States has been found in central South Carolina.

The Department of Natural Resources said Monday that white-nose syndrome had been found in a bat in Richland County.

The disease turns the muzzles and other parts of the sickened bats white. It is not harmful to humans. Previously, the only known cases of the disease in South Carolina had been found in the mountain counties of Pickens and Oconee.

Last year, state officials said the disease had killed a bat in a remote part of Table Rock State Park. That was the first case confirmed in South Carolina.

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