A flea from a yellow chipmunk in the Lake Tahoe area tested positive for plague, according to the U.S. Forest Service. On Tuesday, the Lake Tahoe Basin Unit of the Forest Service, El Dorado County, Calif., officials and the California Department of Public Health reported they confirmed the presence of plague in the flea taken from Fallen Leaf Campground.
The campground is about a quarter mile north of Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe. According to the Forest Service, the flea was taken during routine plague surveillance May 18, with state results confirming it was the plague June 2. READ MORE