Plague Scare Closes Three Campgrounds

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (July 26, 2013)--The discovery of a squirrel infected with plague prompted the closure of three campgrounds in Southern California's Angeles National Forest.

The Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain campgrounds near Wrightwood and about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles were closed Wednesday.

A ground squirrel trapped there on July 16 tested positive this week for bubonic plague, which is spread through flea bites and can be fatal if untreated.

The campgrounds will be closed for at least seven days as officials find squirrel burrows and dust them to control fleas.

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