Palomar Mountain: plague-infected ground squirrel found

May 6, 2012CALIFORNIAA ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, San Diego County health officials announced Thursday. Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring, county environmental health officials said. Humans can catch the often-fatal disease if they are bitten by infected fleas. On Wednesday there were no reports of humans catching plague in San Diego County, officials said. Officials said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during the summer. People should look for warning signs posted in areas where plague has been found. People visiting the wilderness in mountain should avoid contact with wild animals, especially if they’re sick or dead, avoid camping by animal burrows, and treat pets for fleas or leave them at home. Anyone who has a sudden fever, chills, or tender, swollen lymph nodes within a week of visiting a known plague area should see a doctor immediately, officials advised. –North County Times
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18 Responses to Palomar Mountain: plague-infected ground squirrel found

  1. Maybe not unusual, but still, quite the trip. Didn’t realize this was still something we needed to be on the lookout for.

  2. susan says:

    Can you tell me which “type” of plague this is?

  3. James says:

    That is scary sounding, but I know God is in control and I am not afraid because I know he will bless and protect those who serve him. What kind of plague is this? Can you give us more information on this please?

    • If they’re tracing it to fleas as the vectors on the squirrel. It’s the bubonic plague.

      • James says:

        That is not good at all.

      • James says:

        I am familiar with the black death. I love history…

      • Dianne Ford says:

        oh This is not good at all sometime back on an Indian reservation many young people died of some kind of plague caused by mice and rats that were carrying fleas that had it. No one knew at first what was causing so many deaths. I don’t remember where but thought it was in Arizona but could be wrong. It took some time to find out what was killing the young people on the reservation that is all I remember but this is very, very serious as some people thing every wild thing is a pet now days. God help us all.

      • elijahsmom3 says:

        I recently watched an episode of Bizarre ER, where they had a couple from Arizona that went hiking and soon after became ill with the bubonic plague. I couldn’t believe it. The doctors said they believed the couple were bitten by infected fleas. The husband almost died. Apparently this is not as rare as I thought. Ugh.

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        There was a scary outbreak of pneumonic plague in China in 2009.

        Wikipedia: Pneumonic plague, a severe type of lung infection, is one of three main forms of plague, all of which are caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is more virulent and rare than bubonic plague. The difference between the versions of plague is simply the location of the infection in the body; the bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, the pneumonic plague is an infection of the respiratory system, and the septicemic plague is an infection in the blood stream.

      • elijahsmom3 says:

        Yeah………..I meant to post that under your comment above about the bubonic plague/black death. I noticed that as soon as I posted it. The couple had bubonic plague. I believe the husband lost a leg by the time it was over. And this is probably what the squirrel had…..

  4. Della says:

    Oh wow, this has me concern. This is scary I agree but I won’t worry …but pray …

  5. Who can write something about an alternative treatment for these diseases? This would be better than being scared. Thanks NINA

  6. B.BAIN says:

    You have pictured a tree squirrel, good thing it’s not a wanted poster.

  7. dingydarla says:

    Scary to think how many fleas could have jumped aboard 4 legged friends and are now out of the original area making their way into the populous.

  8. yamkin says:

    Rabies Alert In Gwinnett County, Atlanta.

    A cat from Loganville in unincorporated Gwinnett County has tested positive for rabies.

  9. Gordian Knot says:

    Believe it or not there are colonies of prairie dogs to this day in Colorado with bubonic plague that have the potential to create an outbreak.

    These fat little flea infested critters are within feet of subdivisions and it would require the right conditions to become greater carriers of the plague e.g., population booms due to abundant food source, breeding conditions, lack of predators, infected domestic household animals as predators become infected and a host of other conditions not listed here.

    Denver had an outbreak of the plague from park fox squirrels awhile back. Again, it wouldn’t take much to push the disease into overdrive.

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