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Parts of Lake Tahoe have been closed after chipmunks tested positive for plague

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif .– Authorities are shutting down areas of the southern shore of Lake Tahoe after chipmunks test positive for plague.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Kiva Beach and their parking areas will be closed until Friday.

During this time, the US Forest Service will carry out vector control treatments in these areas.

El Dorado County spokeswoman Carla Hass said the chipmunks tested had no contact with anyone.

Forest service officials expect the facilities to be open again by the weekend.

According to El Dorado County Public Health, plague is naturally present in some areas of California.

People who hike and do other outdoor activities should avoid contact with animals. They should do the same for their pets.

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that tends to be spread by chipmunks, other wild rodents and their fleas. For humans, symptoms can appear within two weeks of exposure to an infected animal. They include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes.

If caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics.

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