YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California officials say a child camping in Yosemite National Park fell ill with plague and was sent to a hospital.

The state’s Department of Public Health said Thursday that the family from Los Angeles County camped at Yosemite’s Crane Flat Campground in mid-July and visited other places in the Stanislaus National Forest. No other family members became sick, and the child is recovering.

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Plague is carried by rodents such as squirrels and spread when fleas carry the disease from a dead rodent to other animals or people.

Officials say it is not transmitted between humans, except in the rare cases. Plague can be fatal if left untreated.

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Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea and swollen lymph nodes.

Since 1970, 42 people in California have contracted plague resulting in nine deaths.

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