A disease infecting the northern long-eared bat could place it on the endangered species list. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has impacted bats in a number of states. Rich Baker, endangered species coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources, says a large number have died off.
The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one blamed in the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.
At least 20 officials from the Minnesota Department of Health are working to contact the more than 950 people who received injectable steroids linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Late blight has surfaced again in potato fields in parts of Minnesota and North Dakota.