California health officials confirmed their first case of the plague in South Lake Tahoe — the first noted case in five years.

Officials in El Dorado County said the California Department of Public Health noted a positive test for a local resident, who remains in medical care. The infected person has been quarantined and is recovering at home.

“Plague is naturally present in many parts of California, including higher elevation areas of El Dorado County. It’s important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking and/or camping in areas where wild rodents are present.  Human cases of plague are extremely rare but can be very serious.” — <a href="https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/pressreleases/2020/Pages/El-Dorado-County-Resident-Tests-Positive-for-Plague.aspx">Dr. Nancy Williams</a>, El Dorado County public health officer, <a href="https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/pressreleases/2020/Pages/El-Dorado-County-Resident-Tests-Positive-for-Plague.aspx">said in a statement.</a>

According to CBS News, plague bacteria can be transmitted through fleas who received it from squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents. Cats and dogs can also carry the plague.

Other cases

  • Back in July, a squirrel in Colorado tested positive for the bubonic plague, becoming the first case ever in Jefferson County, Colorado, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.
  • Before that, China identified a person in Inner Mongolia who had the bubonic plague, as I wrote about for the Deseret.com. China worried at the time there was a second case there, too.