Lake Tahoe Bubonic Plague Monitoring Continues at Fallen Leaf Campground

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 20, 2016 / comments

A flea taken from a yellow-pine chipmunk at Fallen Leaf Campground during routine testing in May tested positive for bubonic plague. 

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Plague warning signs remain up at Fallen Leaf Campground after flea samples tested positive for plague in May and June.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, under direction by California Department of Public Health, temporarily closed Fallen Leaf Campground in June to conduct pesticide treatments meant to limit plague risk in the area.

“Recommendations from the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) include maintaining ‘Plague Warning’ signs at Fallen Leaf Campground for the remainder of 2016,” U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit’s public affairs specialist Lisa Herron said by email. “If plague activity is not evident in the spring of 2017, the warning signs would be replaced with the standard ‘Plague Caution’ signs...

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