Rec sites in Lake Tahoe closed after chipmunks tests positive for bubonic plague

Several South Lake Tahoe recreational sites have been closed to the public after chipmunks tested positive for plague.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Kiva Beach and their respective parking areas will be closed throughout the week while planned vector control eradication treatments are completed, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported

Officials are closing some areas on the south shore of Lake Tahoe after some chipmunks tested positive for plague.

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

During that time, the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting vector control treatments to those areas.

El Dorado County spokeswoman Carla Hass said the chipmunks that were tested had no contact with any people.

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

According to the El Dorado County Public Health, plague is naturally present in some areas of California. Seven years ago, the county warned residents of the presence of plague found in chipmunks.

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

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