The Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park will be closed for four days next week, from 12 p.m. Aug. 17 to 12 p.m. Aug. 21, after dead animals were tested and discovered carrying plague, the National Park Service said.
On Aug. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced its investigation on a case of human plague in Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and surrounding areas after a minor-aged girl from Los Angeles County got the disease in July during a visit to the park’s Crane Flat Campground.
That girl is recovering in medical care.
On Friday, the NPS said several dead animals in Tuolumne Meadows Campground were tested and found carrying the plague. Officials said while the campgrounds are closed, authorities will apply flea treatment to rodent burrows in the area, which is commonly used to protect wildlife, pets, and humans from the disease.
Park officials said the last case of plague related to exposure in the park was in 1959.
They said the NPS is working with multiple agencies led by the CDPH to heighten public awareness on preventitive measures and possible systems of being exposed to the plague. Other parks in the Pacific West Region are working to conduct routine surveillance for other vector borne diseases.
Though the plague has been detected at Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds, the risk to human health is low, health officials said. Yosemite National Park and all its other campgrounds remain open to visitors.