Squirrel infected with black plague found near campgrounds in Angeles National Forest

Plague can spread to humans through infected fleas

Right in the middle of the popular summer camping season, concerns over plague have forced three areas in the Angeles National Forest to close near Wrightwood.

According to KABC, that plague-infected squirrel triggered the closure of the Table Mountain Campground, which includes Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops.

The closure will last for about a week. The plan is to put down powder in the area to eradicate fleas, which could transmit the plague from squirrels to humans.

Authorities told KABC that campers should avoid areas with a lot of ground squirrels, and they should also avoid leaving food out for the animals.

The plague can be easily treated with antibiotics, but county officials are still taking the matter seriously.

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