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October 11, 2012
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Taylor Creek chipmunk tests positive for plague

Public health officials are warning that a chipmunk at Taylor Creek Visitor Center tested positive for the bacteria that causes plague.

Fall visitors to area picnic spots and campgrounds and area residents should take precautions to protect themselves from plague, a disease transmitted by infected fleas, Interim County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Hartmann advised.

In a notice issued Wednesday, the El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health was notified by the California Department of Public Health that the chipmunk tested presumptive positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague.

Plague is a rare yet highly infectious bacterial disease …

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 11, 2012 05:55PM Published Oct 11, 2012 05:49PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.