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Plague Squirrel Sparks Fears


Plague Squirrel Sparks Fears – Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest have been shut down for at least a week after a squirrel was found there infected with plague bacteria, according to Los Angeles County health officials.

While the critters may be cute, county and U.S. Forest Service officials have cautioned there’s nothing adorable about the plague, and have ordered visitors out of sections of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in Wrightwood, Calif., northeast of Los Angeles, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The areas have been closed since 1 p.m. on Wednesday, after a single squirrel trapped on July 16 tested positive for the plague. No people are believed to have been infected by the disease, which travels to human beings through bites by infected fleas, according to a health department spokesman.

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