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Carlsbad Caverns Warning People About Virus That's Killing Bats

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CARLSBAD, N.M. - There's a deadly virus in bats that Carlsbad Caverns officials wants to warn people about.

According to the park, there's a disease called "White-Nose Syndrome" that has killed more than five million bats in the country since 2006.

There's no threat to the Carlsbad Caverns right now.

But officials say if you've been to any other parks outside of the state and plan on visiting the caves in Carlsbad soon, there's a few things you should do to help ease the threat of the disease.

Don't bring any potentially contaminated items that includes clothing, gear and shoes.

If you're taking one of the ranger guided off trail trips, use the park's gear.

Also, clean your shoes and clothing before entering any of the caves.