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Plague Detected In California Squirrel, Campgrounds Close

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A ground squirrel found in a Los Angeles-area campground has tested positive for plague, causing authorities to shut down part of the Angeles National Forest for at least a week, according to a public health advisory

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Roxie H (350)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:09 pm
By Karen Brooks

July 25 (Reuters) - A ground squirrel found in a Los Angeles-area campground has tested positive for plague, causing authorities to shut down part of the Angeles National Forest for at least a week, according to a public health advisory.

Squirrel burrows will be dusted for fleas, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease known as "the Black Death," authorities said, while more ground squirrels in the area will be tested before campers are allowed back.

It was the sixth squirrel since 1995 to test positive for plague in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, including one in 2010, according to the advisory issued on Wednesday.

The most recent infected squirrel was trapped on July 16 during routine checks in the park and confirmed to carry the disease on July 23, according to the advisory. Part of the Angeles National Forest was shut down beginning on Wednesday afternoon.

The plague was dubbed the Black Death in the Middle Ages, when it was blamed for the deaths of around 25 million Europeans.

It is treated with antibiotics and only an average of seven cases a year are reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Virtually all the U.S. cases have been in the western states.

Last year, an Oregon man survived a bout with plague, one of three reported in that state since the mid-1990s, none of which were fatal. Los Angeles County has only seen four cases since 1987, and none were fatal, according to the advisory

Constance F (418)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:06 pm
I just learned that this is probably more of a concern for squirrels than us. Squirrels do contract the disease and die, but from what I read it is not uncommon unfortunately.

Shawna S (45)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:21 pm
scary sh*t...I think I read about this a couple of days ago in the news.
I hope it's brought under control. Some areas have alot of squirrels.

Thanks Roxy :")

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:27 pm
Happens rather frequently.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:27 am
not good

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:07 am
Poor little Squirrels.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:25 pm

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:20 pm
Said before - Don't make a habit of playing with squirrels, dead or living, or with bunnies or any rats, especially the two-legged variety, Won't worry. Noted with thanks.

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:30 pm
Attempts to treat them with some kind of antibiotics.


DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:47 am
Not good for any squirrel. Back in the days of the Black Plague it had been noticed that because of superstition a lot of cats had been killed (they were often burned at the stake with their human companions by those believing that cats were evil).

Today at least the plague can be more easily treated but back then they had no cures.

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:54 pm
thanks Roxy, hope it doesn't spread to more squirrels

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:25 pm
They are just looking for a way to kill these little creatures that don't ever harm anyone!

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:43 pm
Thanks for making us aware. I pray that they can get some handle on the virus. Thanks Roxy

reft h (66)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:19 pm
I didn't know the plague was still around... yuck! Thank God it can now be treated. Poor squirrels, I hope it can be controlled and doesn't spread.

karen n (57)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 10:13 pm
wow,very interesting and a bit concerning,thanks Roxie :)

Sergio Padilla (65)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:02 pm
I hope they don't go ahead with one of those "cull" stuff!
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