Child contracts the plague while camping at Yosemite National Park

Child contracts the plague while camping at Yosemite National Park

A child who was camping with family at Yosemite National Park contracted the plague, the first case reported in the state since 2006.

According to officials, the family was visiting the park from Los Angeles last month. Due to privacy laws, not many details have been released about the child, who is currently recovering at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles County.

No other family members reported symptoms.

Dr. Brian Ostick, director of emergency medicine at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys said the plague is extremely rare. The plague is carried by rodents, and spread by fleas to animals and people.

“The symptoms would be fever, nausea, vomiting and then classically people get swollen lymph nodes in the neck, in the groin and in their armpits,” Ostick told KCBS Television in Los Angeles.

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