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Los Alamos Campground closed by plague

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

July 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Alamos Campground in the Angeles National Forest was closed Saturday because a squirrel caught in the area two weeks ago tested positive for plague. An L.A. County Health Dept. official says the campsite, between Gorman and Pyramid Lake, will remain closed for at least 10 days. Plague is a bacterial disease in wild rodents that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of infected fleas.

Squirrel burrows in the area near Gorman will be dusted for fleas, and further testing will be conducted before the campground is reopened, officials said.

Visitors to Los Alamos Campground are advised to avoid squirrels and chipmunks and stay clear of animal burrows, which often have fleas.

There have been four cases of human plague in Los Angeles County since 1984, none of which were fatal, officials said.