Subscribe

Health officials find plague in Lake Tahoe-area flea

California officials say a flea found on a yellow chipmunk in the South Lake Tahoe area has tested positive for plague.|

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - California officials say a flea found on a yellow chipmunk in the South Lake Tahoe area has tested positive for plague.

The California Department of Public Health says the flea was found on a rodent in Fallen Leaf Campground. Warning signs have been posted in the area.

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease spread by wild rodents and their fleas. According to a news release from the health department, plague can spread to people through flea or animal bites, causing fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes.

Plague can be effectively treated with antibiotics if it is detected early.

Health officials say the disease is naturally present in many parts of California. They plan to do additional plague testing near Fallen Leaf Campground.

UPDATED: Please read and follow our commenting policy:

  • This is a family newspaper, please use a kind and respectful tone.
  • No profanity, hate speech or personal attacks. No off-topic remarks.
  • No disinformation about current events.
  • We will remove any comments — or commenters — that do not follow this commenting policy.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

The Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Sonoma County Gazette