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October 26, 2012
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More Tahoe chipmunks found with plague

Two more chipmunks have tested positive for plague at the South Shore, but the risk of the bacterial disease spreading remains low, according to El Dorado County health officials.

Thirty-eight chipmunks and three squirrels were tested for the disease after a chipmunk near Taylor Creek Visitor Center was found with plague earlier this month, said Karen Bender, a senior environmental health specialist with the county.

The results of the testing show a "really low risk" of infection, especially with the recent appearance of snow at the South Shore, Bender said.

"Risk of transmission is significantly reduced during the winter months …

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