Health officials in California are investing a case of human plague after a child became ill after visiting the Stanislaus National Forest and camping at Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite National Park in mid-July. The child is recovering and no other members of the camping party have reported symptoms. On Wednesday the death of an unidentified adult with human plague was also confirmed by officials in Colorado; two others cases of human plague were reported earlier this year in the state and both patients were successfully treated.
The following is recommended to avoid plague exposure: never feed squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents and never touch sick or dead rodents; avoid walking, hiking, or camping near rodent burrows; wear long pants tucked into socks or boot tops to reduce exposure to fleas; spray insect repellent containing DEET on socks and pant cuffs to reduce exposure to fleas; and keep wild rodents out of homes, trailers, and outbuildings and away from pets.
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