Plague Found Near Taylor Creek Visitor Center

South Lake Tahoe, CA…Based on positive plague tests and planned Vector Control treatments, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Kiva Beach and their respective parking areas will be closed Sunday through Friday.
The Tallac Site / Kiva Picnic parking area will remain open. Visitor Center staff and volunteers will be located at the Tallac Historic Site.

Vector Control will complete its eradication treatments on Thursday, and we anticipate being open again prior to next weekend.

According to the El Dorado County Public Health office, plague is naturally present in many parts of California, including higher elevation (mountainous areas) of El Dorado County, so we all need to be cautious around animals that can carry it.

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that is spread by squirrels, chipmunks and other wild rodents and their fleas. People can become infected through close contact with infected animals or the bite of an infected flea. Plague can be prevented by avoiding contact with these rodents and their fleas, and by keeping pets away from rodents and their burrows. Human cases of plague are rare.