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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Campground Re-Opens at Natural Bridges

The Natural Bridges campground has re-opened after park workers eliminated rodents that might have posed a danger because they carried bubonic plague.

Below is the original posting announcing the campground was closed:

The Campground at Natural Bridges National Monument has been closed because some rodents in the area carry bubonic plague.

This AP article carried by The Washington Post includes details. The article says:

National Park Service officials said there never has been a reported human case of bubonic plague originating from the parks or national monuments.

"We come down on the conservative side when it comes to closing campgrounds," said Joe Winkelmaier of the U.S. Public Health Service. "We just like to be sure when it comes to plague."


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