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NEWS
August 10, 1989 | SHANNA GOWENLOCK, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed the Pine Mountain Recreation Area north of Ojai in the wake of a bubonic plague infestation in squirrels found in one of the area's two campgrounds. The Forest Service blocked the entrance to the four-square-mile area's only access road, off California 33 about 30 miles north of Ojai, said Steve Horne, a Forest Service employee.
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NEWS
October 27, 1988 | United Press International
Federal health officials today reported that 14 cases of the bubonic plague--the "Black Death" that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages--have surfaced in the United States so far this year. The plague is now curable, but officials monitor each case closely in hopes of preventing an epidemic of plague-induced pneumonia like the one that killed 33 people in Los Angeles in 1924. More than 90% of plague infections occur in the Southwest, officials said.
NEWS
September 7, 1988
A dead chipmunk infected with bubonic plague was found in the Meyers area of the Tahoe Basin, El Dorado County entomologist Glenn Bissell said. Three other rodent carcasses discovered in the area are being examined by his office to determine if they also carry the contagious and potentially fatal disease, which is transmitted by fleas. As a result, Bissell has issued a plague warning in the Tahoe Basin and has recommended that people and their pets avoid wildlife in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1988
Two new cases of animal plague have been found in the Angeles National Forest, raising to seven the total confirmed in Los Angeles County this year, the county's Department of Health Services announced Monday.
NEWS
August 10, 1987
A disease that causes bubonic plague in human beings has been found in squirrels trapped in the Angeles National Forest, officials said, and people visiting the area have been advised to avoid contact with animals. Frank Hall, director of Vector Control for Los Angeles County, said sylvatic plague, a disease found in the squirrels, can be transmitted to humans through flea bites and becomes bubonic plague.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
First, 10 pounds of dog food disappeared from the Shulers' garage while they were on vacation. Shortly afterward, Liz Sierra's summer garden was destroyed overnight. Then a group of Simi Valley homeowners whose properties back onto a 219-acre vacant parcel owned by comedian Bob Hope and known informally as "Hopetown" began the regular practice of running in and out of their houses, clapping and shouting. "Back and forth, back and forth.
NEWS
August 9, 1986 | Associated Press
Bubonic plague has killed 27 people in northern Uganda's west Nile region since April, the government said Friday. Another 250 people have become ill with the disease. State-run Radio Uganda quoted the health minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, as saying a three-member medical team has been dispatched to the area. Bubonic plague, known as the "Black Death" in 14th-Century Europe when it killed hundreds of thousands of people, is a contagious disease carried by fleas from infected rats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1986
Anne C. Roark's article (Feb. 23), "AIDS Adds to History of Epidemics," presents us with a picture of AIDS as no more than the most recent of a long line of epidemic diseases--leprosy (the Antonine plague of ancient Rome), cholera, syphilis, and, in our century, influenza and polio. Like these diseases, so Roark would have us think, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (1) is highly contagious, (2) is of unknown cause, and (3) produces the "need to mythologize disease" to explain the seemingly unexplainable.
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