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plague found in child who camped in Yosemite/Stanislaus NF
August 06, 2015 04:53PM
Plague found in child that had camped at Crane Flat and Stanislaus National Forest ...

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Human-plague-found-in-child-camping-in-Yosemite-6429440.php
avatar Re: plague found in child who camped in Yosemite/Stanislaus NF
August 06, 2015 05:14PM
Yosemite Community:

We want to keep you informed about a recent public health incident. A case of plague was recently confirmed in a visitor that visited Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, and the surrounding areas in mid-July. The patient is a minor and is recovering. The patient camped in Crane Flat Campground, and went to several locations in Yosemite.

The park is working with state health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify where the individual was infected, but the location of exposure cannot be confirmed at this time. Please read the following message and ensure you are aware of the risks and prevention measures to protect yourselves and visitors from plague.

The park is working with local, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health officials to investigate this case and evaluate public health risk and prevention measures. The park conducts routine vector borne disease surveillance with the California Department of Public Health, including plague surveillance in rodents. A press release has been issued. If you have additional questions, please contact your supervisor or Matthew Weinburke, US Public Health Service Officer for Yosemite.

The safety of our staff, partners, and visitors is our top priority. Please review the additional information below and share this information with your staff.



Thank you,

- Don, on behalf of the Executive Leadership Team
avatar Re: plague found in child who camped in Yosemite/Stanislaus NF
August 06, 2015 06:29PM
“The child, who lives in Los Angeles County, is recovering but fell ill and was hospitalized after a family trip to the Northern California forest and camping at Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite National Park in mid-July, according to the California Department of Public Health. No other family members reported symptoms.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-human-plague-20150806-story.html


Graphic courtesy of CDC
Re: plague found in child who camped in Yosemite/Stanislaus NF
August 06, 2015 07:55PM
Most reported plague cases are in the Southwest US:
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Plague found in Flagstaff, officials urge precautions
Charly Edsitty, 12 News 5:25 p.m. MST April 6, 2015

Hikers and pet owners recreating in the Picture Canyon trail area are being asked by the Coconino County Public Health Services District to take extra precautions after confirmation of fleas infected with the plague were found in the area.

Lab results from Northern Arizona University confirmed the infection, and Coconino County officials said the tested fleas were carrying a general plague bacteria, which can present itself as either the bubonic or pneumonic strains, two of the three types of plague. The third is septicemic.

"We noticed no prairie dog activity in the area," said Marlene Gaither, environmental health program manager for Coconino County Public Health. "And we saw a dead prairie dog at the entrance of the one of the burrows."

http://www.12news.com/story/news/12-news/2015/04/06/12-news-plague-confirmed-in-flagstaff-fleas/25381909/

http://www.cdc.gov/plague/maps/
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