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US Department of the Interior
Office of Public Health 1201 Eye Street, NW
Room 1131
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-513-7215
Fax: 202-371-1349
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Office of Public Health - Plague Advisory
Points Of Contact
(202) 513-7217
Assistant to Director for Science
(202) 513-7097
(505) 248-7806
Assistant to Director for Field Operations
(202) 513-7056
National Capitol Region
Northeast Region
(215) 597-5371
Southeast Region
(404) 507-5730
Mid-West Region
(402) 661-1718
Intermountain Region
(505) 988-6040
Pacific West Region
(510) 817-1375
Alaska Region
(206) 220-4270



Chipmunks, ground squirrels, rock squirrels or other wild rodents in this area may be infected with plague.

Plague can be transmitted by:

  • The bite of an infected flea.
  • Handling an infected rodent.
  • Exposure to an infected pet (especially a sick cat).

To lessen your risk of exposure to plague and other rodent diseases, USE THESE PRECAUTIONS:

  • Avoid any contact with wild rodents.  DO NOT FEED.
  • DO NOT TOUCH sick or dead animals.
  • REPORT THEM TO PARK STAFF or call                                                                           .
  • AVOID ANIMAL FLEAS.  Do not camp, rest, or sleep near animal burrows.  Insect repellent sprayed on socks and trouser cuffs may help.
  • It is best to LEAVE PETS AT HOME.  Keep pets confined or on a leash.  Protect them with flea powder and flea collars.  If a pet, especially a cat, becomes sick after visiting this area, take it to a veterinarian and inform vet that it has been in a place where it could have contacted plague.

IF YOU BECOME ILL WITHIN 7 DAYS OF VISITING THIS AREA, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.  Inform your physician that you have been in an area where plague could occur.  Early symptoms include: fever, chills, headache, muscle ache, a feeling of weakness and, commonly, swollen and tender lymph nodes.

If you have any questions, please contact your nearest Regional Point of Contact, park sanitarian or call WASO Public Health for more information.

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