Thursday, October 18, 2012

California Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague Exposure

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From Huffington Post by Cavan Sieczkowski

A squirrel captured in Southern California has tested positive for exposure to fleas infected with the bacteria that can cause plague.

The plague-exposed squirrel was picked up in September at a campground in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, Calif., CNN reports. More tests are scheduled, as plague is endemic to the region. 

"It's not something that people should panic about, but we do want them to be educated so they can protect their families and their pets," Dottie Merki, environmental health program chief at the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, told CNN. 


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