The infected person is recovering at home under the care of a medical professional, the release said.
Symptoms of plague often appear within two weeks of exposure and can include fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes, according to the release. Treatment with antibiotics can be effective if the infectious disease is detected early enough.
“Human cases of plague are extremely rare but can be very serious,” El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said in the release, noting that plague is naturally present in many parts of the state including the higher elevation areas of El Dorado County.
“It’s important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking and/or camping in areas where wild rodents are present,” Williams added.
Before that, there hadn’t been a case in the state since 2006.