California reports second case of plague in an animal in a week

A chipmunk found at the Lake Tahoe Basin United States Forest Service (USFS) Taylor Creek Visitor Center has tested presumptively positive for the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the agent of plague, according to an El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health press release Oct. 10.

This is the second reported case of plague in a small animal in California in a week. Last week, the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health reported a positive case in a ground squirrel collected at the Fern Basin campground in the San Jacinto Mountains. The campground is north of Idyllwild.

Interim County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Hartmann advised that the Taylor Creek Recreation Area might have an elevated plague risk. Fall visitors to area picnic spots and campgrounds and area residents should take precautions to protect themselves from plague, a disease transmitted by infected fleas.

Signs of the Times http://www.sott.net/article/252239-California-reports-second-case-of-plague-in-an-animal-in-a-week

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