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Ground squirrel tests positive for plague: Chance of human exposure slight but precautions should be taken


Last updated 7/12/2007 at Noon

A blood sample collected from one ground squirrel at the Doan Valley Campground on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for the plague.

“Plague has been identified at neighboring campgrounds in years past,” said Gary Erbeck, director of the Department of Environmental Health. “We know that we occasionally have plague in the higher elevations of San Diego County. The County Vector Control program conducts routine testing of ground squirrels to detect the presence of plague. When found, the public is notified about where it is and how to avoid it.”

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