2 Campgrounds in San Diego Discover Plague
Three squirrels from two San Diego campgrounds have tested positive for plague, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health said Wednesday (June 12).
According to environmental health officials, two plague-positive squirrels were trapped in a routine monitoring at Cedar Grove Campground near Palomar Mountain. The third squirrel was trapped at Laguna El Prado Campground east of Alpine, KNSD-TV, San Diego, reported
Officials say it is not unusual to find plague in local mountains. Plague is mainly a disease carried by wild rodents, though it can spread to people through fleas that feed on the blood of an infected rodent and then bite humans.
Last month, a different squirrel captured at Cedar Grove Campground tested positive for plague, making that the first case of plague found locally this year.
With these latest plague-positive squirrels, that number has gone up.
Health officials say hikers and campers should avoid coming into contact with squirrels or their fleas.
Campers should set up their tents away from squirrel burrows and avoid feeding or playing with squirrels.
Those who visit local mountains should always be aware of posted “Plague Warning” signs and follow precautions.
There have been no locally acquired human cases of plague reported in San Diego County. If you become ill within one week of visiting a known plague area, officials say you should immediately contact a doctor. Symptoms include sudden fever, chills and tender, swollen lymph nodes.