California Squirrel Tests Positive for Plague:
A squirrel picked up at a campground in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California for routine testing was found infected with the bacteria that can cause plague.
Transmission of the plague to humans is possible if handling an infected animal or getting bitten by a flea carrying the bacterium.
"Health officials in Riverside County stressed that the risk of transmission to humans is small, especially if people take the proper precautions," reported CNN.
In other words, do not not play with squirrels, no matter how cute. And if you want to sleep under the stars check that you don't camp near animal burrows or you might wake up in the morning with their fleas.