Chipmunks within the South Lake Tahoe space have examined optimistic for plague, prompting officers to shut a number of spots within the neighborhood, in keeping with information experiences.
Officers introduced this week that Kiva Seaside and the Taylor Creek Customer Middle in South Lake Tahoe shall be closed via Friday (Aug. 6) following the optimistic plague assessments, in keeping with The Tahoe Every day Tribune. The contaminated chipmunks had no identified contact with individuals, the Every day Tribune reported.
The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, is of course current in some components of California, together with in El Dorado County the place South Lake Tahoe is positioned, in keeping with the California Division of Well being. Final 12 months, a resident of South Lake Tahoe examined optimistic for plague, marking the primary case within the state in 5 years, Reside Science beforehand reported.
Plague is finest identified for inflicting the Black Demise in Europe within the 1300s. Infections nonetheless happen in trendy instances, though human instances are comparatively uncommon and normally treatable with frequent antibiotics. Within the U.S., about seven instances of plague happen annually, on common, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Most plague instances happen in northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregona and much western Nevada, the CDC says. Worldwide, most human plague instances because the Nineties have occurred in Africa, the company says.
The illness is unfold by rodents, together with squirrels, rats and chipmunks, and their fleas, in keeping with the CDC. People can catch the plague via flea bites or via contact with the tissues or bodily fluids of an contaminated animal, in keeping with the CDC.
Individuals dwelling in or visiting plague-endemic areas ought to keep away from contact with wild animals, officers stated.
“Don’t feed rodents in picnic or campground areas and by no means deal with sick or lifeless rodents,” Dr. Bob Hartmann, the interim county public well being officer for El Dorado County, stated in a press release. Individuals also needs to hold pets away from rodent burrows and put on lengthy pants and bug repellent to cut back flea publicity, the assertion stated.
Native and state officers will survey extra rodents this week to evaluate the danger of plague to the general public, the assertion stated.
Initially revealed on Reside Science.