After a child contracted “the plague” in mid-July, a tourist from Georgia is reportedly exhibiting similar symptoms and may well have been incubated with the rare disease says the San Jose Mercury News. What the California Department of Public Health is calling a “presumptive positive case,” was the result of the victim traveling in the Yosemite, Sierra National forest, and neighboring areas.
However, no new campsites or areas within Yosemite National Park have been closed at this time. Currently, Tuolumne Meadows Campground is closed till Friday after two squirrels died from the plague the week prior.
“Although the presence of plague has been confirmed in wild rodents over the past two weeks at Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds in Yosemite, the risk to human health remains low… Action to protect human and wildlife health by closing and treating campgrounds was taken out of an abundance of caution.”– California Department of Public Health
Normally, fleas attached to small rodents such as mice and squirrels transmit the plague and rarely is the disease passed from person to person.