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Pedata RV Center Warns of Plagued Squirrels Discovered in San Diego Area
Date:7/10/2013

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 10, 2013

Pedata RV Center, the leader in inventory availability for those seeking a used RV for sale, advises campers to use caution around wildlife. This is following the discovery of three squirrels that tested positive for the plague in San Diego County, according to the Department of Health (DEH).

One of the infected squirrels was trapped for routine monitoring at the Laguna El Prado Campground off Sunrise Highway on Mount Laguna. The other two were trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground near Palomar Mountain.

Director Jack Miller of the DEH explained that it is not unusual to find infected squirrels in the area, and that there are simple precautions campers and nature lovers can take to protect themselves. Here are his suggestions to avoid contact with squirrels and the fleas they carry:

  •     If you are camping, set tents up away from squirrel burrows
  •     Don't feed the squirrels
  •     Don't let your children play with squirrels, no matter how tame they seem
  •     Avoid contact with any sick or dead animals
  •     Keep pets on a leash in the outdoors
  •     Use flea control with pets

One of the dangers of the infected squirrels is that fleas feeding on the blood of the animals can spread the disease to humans. The DEH recommends that any campers who get sick within a week of camping in an area affected by the plague get in touch with a doctor right away. While the disease is treatable in humans using modern antibiotics, it can still be serious, or deadly, without medical attention. Some of the symptoms indicative of being infected by the plague are
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