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Plague-carrying chipmunks prompt closure of areas around Lake Tahoe – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-08-02 20:15:39 –

(NEXSTAR) – After plague was found on several chipmunks along the bustling South Shore of Lake Tahoe, the US Forest Office announced that at least two sites would be closed until Friday.

Officials said the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Kiva Beach and its parking lot will be closed for the US Forest Office to treat the area. The Tarak Site / Kiba Picnic Area is still open.

The eradication process is expected to be completed in time for the weekend, officials said.

Human cases of plague that occur naturally in parts of California are rare but can be serious, officials warn. Bacterial disease is endemic by squirrels, chipmunks and other wild rodents and their fleas.

“People can be infected by close contact with infected animals and bites of infected fleas,” the Forest Department warned. “By avoiding contact between these rodents and their fleas and keeping pets away from the rodents and their burrows, plague can be prevented.”

El Dorado County authorities have issued similar warnings in the past after plague was detected in the same area.

In these cases, it is very rare for humans to get plague, but in California Case for the first time in 5 years In August 2020, when it was thought that he was infected with fleas while walking his dog near the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

In Colorado, state health officials discovered plague in six counties last month. 10 year old death..

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