Plague Threat Reduced, California Park Reopens

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September 3, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

A California campground that closed last month due to an elevated risk of a plague outbreak has reopened, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Plumas-Eureka State Park campground, which is located about 50 miles northwest of Truckee, was closed nearly two weeks ago after park workers found a dead ground squirrel that tested positive for plague, a naturally occurring bacteria.

Plague can be transmitted to humans via fleas and health officials determined the ratio of fleas-to-rodents was too high. The California Department of Public Health determined Thursday (Sept. 2) that efforts to control fleas had reduced the level of risk.

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