SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Fleas tested positive for bubonic plague in parts of South Lake Tahoe prompting federal wildlife officials to close several areas for treatment.
The California Department of Health said rodents in the area were carrying infected fleas, KOVR reported.
“Bubonic Plague is naturally occurring in many parts of California, including the Sierra Nevada, and can be transmitted through bites from infected fleas,” Forest Service officials told KTLA.
The Tallac Historic Site, Kiva Beach picnic area and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center were closed while wildlife officials sprayed an insecticide to kill fleas.
It is usually found in Northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregon and far western Nevada, according to the CDC.
Officials said that while rare, contracting the plague is not unheard of. On average, about seven people every year test positive for the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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