Chipmunks in S. Lake Tahoe found with plague


A visitor center, beach and parking lots at Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, Calif., were closed due to the presence of chipmunks that tested positive for plague. Fleas and rodents carry the bacterium that causes plague, and people should "take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking or camping in areas where wild rodents are present," Public Health Officer Nancy Williams said in a press release.

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