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Health Officials Investigate Another Plague Case In Yosemite

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Entrance to Yosemite National Park, as seen June 17, 2011.

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(AP) - California health officials are investigating another possible case of plague in a tourist from Georgia who fell ill after visiting Yosemite National Park, the second case in less than a month.

The California Department of Public Health said Tuesday "the presumptive positive case" of plague occurred on a patient who visited Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and surrounding areas in early August.

Officials said the federal Centers for Disease Control is testing the person, whose gender and age were not released.

U.S. Public Health Service Dr. Danielle Buttke, who is in Yosemite investigating the outbreak, says no new areas have been closed in Yosemite.

A child fell ill with the plague after camping with his family at Yosemite's Crane Flat Campground in mid-July. The park reopened Crane Flat on Friday after treating it for four days with an insecticide.