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Second Tourist Diagnosed With Plague After Visiting Yosemite


TIME

A second tourist has been diagnosed with plague after visiting Yosemite National Park in California, state officials announced Tuesday.

A patient from Georgia went to the doctor and tested positive for the disease after learning that some areas of the park were closed off as park authorities sprayed pesticides to kill plague-carrying fleas, MSNBC reported. Earlier this month, a Los Angeles girl also came down with the disease, which is usually very rare in humans, after visiting the park.

“Warnings issued in California regarding plague were useful all the way across the country in Georgia,” California Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement. “Those warnings helped the patient get the prompt medical attention necessary to recover from this illness.”

Presence of the plague has also been confirmed in two dead squirrels that were found in the park. When an infected rodent dies, its fleas can spread the…

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Zimbabwe Charges Another Man Over Cecil the Lion Killing


TIME

Zimbabwe has charged another man in relation to Cecil the Lion’s killing, but it’s not the American dentist who shot the animal last month.

Prosecutors accused farmer Honest Ndlovu on Tuesday of allowing Walter Palmer to hunt on his land without the proper approval, the Associated Press reports. “Both the professional hunter and land owner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt,” the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said in a previous statement.

Ndlovu, who faces a $400 fine or a year in prison according to his attorney, is out on bail. He is the second man to be charged after Theo Bronkhorst, who pleaded not guilty to “failing to prevent an illegal hunt” in late July. Zimbabwe authorities say Bronkhorst lured Cecil the Lion out of his home in a national park and onto…

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