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Plumas-Eureka State Park campground closed due to elevated plague risk

Feather Publishing
8/19/2010

 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has 

recommended that Plumas-Eureka State Park Campground be temporarily closed due to an 

elevated risk of the plague.  The level of risk was determined after CDPH sampled the park 

following the discovery of a plague-positive dead rodent. 

 

The temporary closure will remain until further notice from the CDPH; however the park 

is hopeful that the campground will reopen prior to the Labor Day weekend.  

 

Plague is a bacterial disease found in wild rodents that can be transmitted to humans 

through the bite of infected fleas.  Plague is naturally occurring in rodents, such as chipmunks 

and squirrels, in the Sierra Nevada area.  However, sometimes when rodent populations are 

concentrated, the risk can become elevated and a plague outbreak occurs. 

 

State Park staff in Sierra campgrounds are trained to watch for diseased and sick 

rodents, or other indicators of plague and have been monitoring campground rodent 

populations. 

 

Plague outbreaks at Plumas-Eureka State Park have occurred, with a case of human 

transmission in the 1970’s.  Additionally, the park campground was closed due to a plague 

outbreak in rodents in the summers of 1992 and 1993 based on CDPH recommendations. 

 

 For further inquiry please contact the State Department of Public Health, Reserve 

America, and California State Parks. 



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