Yosemite closes camp: Yosemite Closed Squirrels Plague

Published: August 15, 2015

Yosemite closes camp: Yosemite Closed Squirrels Plague, About a week ago, officials said a child fell ill with the plague at Yosemite National Park. Now a popular campground there will be closed after several squirrels were killed by the disease.

The plague-infected squirrels were found in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, about 40 miles west of Crane Flat Campground, where the child was camping with family.

In an “extremely precautionary public health measure,” park officials will apply flea insecticide to rodent burrows. As a result they are closing the campground from noon Monday to noon Friday, Aug. 21.

The infectious disease is carried by squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents via fleas. When an infected rodent becomes sick and dies, its fleas can carry the disease to other animals and humans.

The child, who lives in Los Angeles County, has recovered.

The child contracted the disease in mid-July during a family trip to Stanislaus National Forest and the campground at Yosemite.

The Crane Flat Campground reopened Friday after it was closed for four nights for flea treatments, according to the California Department of Public Health.


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