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Times, however, have changed, with the advances in antibiotics, but any hint of the return of Y. Pestis needs to be dealt with quickly.
(Newser) A plague threat has shut down campgrounds around Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. A ground squirrel in the area was found to have the plague, which can be transmitted to humans through fleas, a health official says. “It is important for the public to know that there have only been four cases of human plague in Los Angeles County residents since 1984, none of which were fatal,” the official notes.
Still, “as a precaution,” sections of the Table Mountain campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest have been closed for at least a week as of Wednesday. There are an average seven cases of plague per year in the US, ABC News notes (here’s an example); it can be treated with antibiotics.
This news will no doubt be a boon to those Crazy Christians who are convinced that doomsday is nigh.