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Plague sign posted in Yosemite National Park?

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    Posted: November 22 2017 at 10:33am
A friend of mines daughter saw a sign in the park warning of flea bites and the plague from rodents squires fleas ...
It says Plague Caution
Picture of a squirell.
Please anyone know of this
Her father's a doctor so I know she not lieing.
And she has a photo of the sign.
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It's true I went to the Yosemite national park site.
They say it's been identified in the Sirra Nevada including The park.
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We have the same signs at many of the campgrounds down here in SoCal. Been seeing them for years. It's nothing new - just don't touch dead or dying animals and you'll be fine.

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its well known that bats and squirrels as well as rats carry bubonic plague in the USA,else where as well i guess........dont eat road kill....lol

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Originally posted by PrepGirl PrepGirl wrote:

A friend of mines daughter saw a sign in the park warning of flea bites and the plague from rodents squires fleas ...
It says Plague Caution
Picture of a squirell.
Please anyone know of this
Her father's a doctor so I know she not lieing.
And she has a photo of the sign.

The others are correct.  The agent for plague, Yersinia pestis, is commonly found infecting rodents of the US Western states. 

People are infected when we come into contact with the fleas that feed on the rodents, as the fleas are vectors who carry the bacterium to our bloodstream. 


Please see the map, it is quite interesting! 

Plague is easily treated with antibiotics, it is nothing to worry about unless the patient is immune compromised and/or the infection is allowed to take hold in the human patient.  
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Thanks for the link Doc.

CDC does have some good pages....One I look at a lot is the Weekly Flu Report
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Originally posted by EdwinSm, EdwinSm, wrote:

Thanks for the link Doc.

CDC does have some good pages....One I look at a lot is the Weekly Flu Report

You are welcome!  Plague has a fascinating history and has had a huge impact upon human civilization.

Plague in the United States

Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat–infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. Epidemics occurred in port cities. The last urban plague epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles from 1924 through 1925. Plague then spread from urban rats to rural rodent species, and became entrenched in many areas of the western United States. Since that time, plague has occurred as scattered cases in rural areas. Most human cases in the United States occur in two regions:

  • Northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado
  • California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada
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Dang, we have rodent plague in Colorado all the time which humans can get. You can't let your dog run in parks with lots of prairie dogs. The prairie dogs carry the fleas that have the plague and it kills the prairie dogs and you if your dog gets them then you get them from your dog. You get plague. It is no big deal just be careful.
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