Yosemite Park’s Campground Closed After Second Plague Case

Posted: Aug 19 2015, 10:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Yosemite Park’s Campground Closed after Second Plague Case

Second visitor has been diagnosed with plague after visiting California's Yosemite National Park this year

After second reported case of plague, another popular Campground of Yosemite National Park has been closed. 

According to California officials, the second tourist visiting Yosemite National Park, California has been diagnosed with plague. Previously, park’s Crane Flat campground had been shut and opened on Friday. Now, Tuolumne Meadows campground will remain close from Mondey to Friday for spraying pesticides after two squirrels found dead. 

Yosemite National Park is among California’s biggest tourist destinations and has been visited by 4 million people every year. The child who contracted the plaque visited the park in mid-July. He is reportedly recovering and no relevant symptoms have been observed in any other member of her family.

“Warning issued in California regarding plague were useful all the way across the country in Georgia.” Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement.“Those warnings helped the patient get the prompt medical attention necessary to recover from this illness.”

Plague is rarely found infectious diseases with an average of seven cases per year in United States. Yosemite Park is the first reported plague case in California since 2006. Overall, it’s the 42th case in the state and among nine of them have lost their lives.

The infection spreads through contact with rodents. “Although this is a rare disease, people should protect themselves from infection by avoiding any contact with wild rodents.” Smith said.

Park authorities will spray a chemical deltametrin to kill fleas that cause plague.

“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.”

Besides the Yosemite case, two more people were also infected by plague this year. Both cases were from Colorado and both of them died of the disease.

Source: CNN

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