July 29, 1993 |
Fearing transmission of plague by wild rodents and fleas, state officials have closed Ft. Tejon State Historic Park for two to four weeks. The state's Department of Health Service found plague among the park's population of Beechy ground squirrels, the Department of Parks and Recreation said in a release Wednesday. The parks department is working with the health agency to control the plague, the release said. Fleas will be attacked with insecticide dust. The 139th Ft.
July 3, 1993 |
Two popular Sierra campgrounds that were closed by the threat of bubonic plague have reopened in time for the what is expected to be a busy Fourth of July statewide. And, unlike Memorial Day, which was soggy across most of the state, the weather is expected to cooperate all three days. Eagle Point Campground on Emerald Bay was closed last month after a handful of ground squirrels tested positive for bubonic plague.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1992 |
Two campgrounds in Kings Canyon National Park were closed after a mouse died of bubonic plague. A dusting program will take three to four weeks to remove diseased fleas from rodents in the Azalea and Crystal Springs campgrounds, located in the popular Grant Grove section of the park. The closures temporarily eliminate 185 of the park's 683 campsites. The adjacent Sunset campground, which had already closed for the winter, will also be treated.
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June 12, 1992 |
Covering himself head-to-toe with bug repellent, Randy Smith dons a pair of rubber surgical gloves, adds a pair of thick work gloves and begins preparing a syringe for Thursday morning's first blood test of a California ground squirrel. The precautions are necessary, Smith said, to ward off infection should any of the animals trapped and tested in a campground north of Ojai turn out to be carriers of bubonic plague.
August 12, 1991 |
The U.S. Forest Service closed a campground in the San Jacinto Mountains after officials discovered a flea carrying bubonic plague. The Marion Mountain Campground, located about six miles north of Idyllwild, is expected to remain closed for about a month, said Steve Moise, a Riverside County environmental health specialist. The campground was closed to the public about three weeks ago after a flea captured by county health inspectors tested positive for the plague, Moise said.
October 26, 1989 |
An outbreak of bubonic plague has killed five people in Botswana and 19 others have the disease, the official news agency said Wednesday. It said that Health Minister Kebatlameng Morake flew to the site of the outbreak, in the Boteti area 250 miles northwest of Gaborone, the capital, and a team of doctors, health inspectors and nurses is on its way. A primary school where two sisters died of the plague had been closed.
August 10, 1989 |
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.
October 27, 1988 |
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.
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.