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Bubonic Plague in the High Sierra


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 07 December 2014

Bubonic Plague in the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

This is typical of the language used on the State of California and County Health Department warnings posted on many Federal High Sierra Trailheads. 

High Sierra Bubonic Plague Trailhead Warning image and text

WARNING

DO NOT FEED OR TOUCH RODENTS

CHIPMUNKS, GROUND SQUIRRELS, AND OTHER WILD RODENTS IN THIS AREA MAY BE INFECTED WITH PLAGUE.

PLAGUE CAN BE TRANSMITTED TO HUMANS BY:

1. The bite of an infected flea.

2. Handling an infected rodent.

3. Exposure to an infected dog or cat.

IF YOU OR YOUR PET BECOME ILL WITHIN 7 DAYS OF VISITING THIS AREA SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Inform your physician that you have been in a plague endemic area. Symptoms include rapid onset of a high fever, head and muscle aches, chills, cough, chest pain, and painful swollen lymph glands. The disease is curable when diagnosed early.

 

TO DECREASE THE CHANCE OF CONTRACTING PLAGUE:

1. Avoid all contact with squirrels, chipmunks, or other wild rodents and their fleas. Domestic pets can contact plague; protect them with flea powders or shampoos.

2. Do not camp, sit, or sleep on the ground close to rodent burrows.

3. Report any sick or dead animals to park, forest, campground, or local health authorities. DO NOT TOUCH DEAD RODENTS.

The above notice was published by the El Dorado County Vector Control (530 573-3197 and the California Department of Health Services, Environmental Management Branch, (916-445-0498) at the South Upper Truckee Trailhead in Meyers, California.

 

WHO
Bubonic Plague

These common sense practices should be observed at all times.

 

Plague in the Sierra
2015

Plague Persists in High Sierra, August 19, 2015.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground Closing, August 14, 2015.

Plague in Yosemite Valley, August 6, 2015.
 

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