Plague cases higher than usual, CDC says

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Child contracts plague while camping at Yosemite National Park
Human cases of plague are rare but it is pandemic among wild life in the west, and even more common in higher elevations, such as Yosemite.

Eleven cases of the plague have been confirmed in the United States and three people have died since April 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico and Oregon. In an average year, there are seven confirmed cases of the plague.

The plague is a life-threatening illness that comes from fleas. Symptoms include sudden, onset fever, with stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.