Health Officials have officially confirmed the first case of the Plague at South Lake Tahoe in California in 5 years.
On Monday the El Dorado County officials said the California Department of Public Health had notified them of residents who have tested positive and are under medical care and recovering at home.
In most cases, the Plague bacteria are transmitted through fleas who acquire it from infected chipmunks, squirrel, and other wild rodents. Cats and Dogs are also likely to carry this Plague infected fleas.
Health Officials believe that the residents might have got an infection while walking around with their dog along Tahoe River or in the key areas of Tahoe south shore.
In California, the last case of the Plague was reported in 2015 when two people were reported to be infected when exposed to infected rodents or fleas in Yosemite National Park. Both of them have been treated and fully recovered.
With no human infection reported the Authorities did not find any evidence a total of 20 chipmunks and squirrel have been carrying the infectious bacteria around South Lake Tahoe from 2016 - 2019. However, the infected rodents have been identified near Fallen Leaf Campground, Tallac Historic Site, or Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
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