Okay, don't worry everyone. Just some chipmunks over here in Lake Tahoe which have tested positive for the plague…
Yes, this week the US Forest Service shut down several areas in Lake Tahoe "after discovering bubonic plague in the chipmunk population."
EVERYONE RUN FOR YOUR BUNKER!!!
Oh wait…there might be chipmunks down there, too.
According to the forest service, plague can be spread by "squirrels, chipmunks and other wild rodents", specifically by fleas that come in contact with infected animals and go on to bite humans.
Oh my goodness, what's that on your shirt? Is that a flea?!?!
Okay sorry, I don't mean to alarm you. I just think this story is hilarious. So let me show you something so we can all calm down a little bit.
As frightening as it sounds, plague in rodents at higher elevations is apparently not that rare, and a spokeswoman for the US Forest Service said spread to humans was easily preventable with a few precautions.
"Bubonic plague is naturally occurring in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and this region."
And I think you can treat the bubonic plague with antibiotics.
Monkeypox, on the other hand...
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