Third Hantavirus Death Reported

Linked to cabins at Yosemite National Park


Officials on Thursday announced the third hantavirus death of a visitor to Yosemite National Park. As many as 10,000 people may have been exposed to the rodent-borne disease after sleeping in the park’s cabins this summer. There is no known cure for the hantavirus, which is spread through the feces, urine, and saliva of deer mice. The park concessionaire has sent out letters and emails to all guests who stayed in the Curry Village and High Sierra Camps. “We want to make sure that visitors have clear information about this rare virus and understand the importance of early medical care,” Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher said. “We continue to work closely with state and national public health officials, and we urge visitors who may have been exposed to hantavirus to seek medical attention at the first sign of symptoms.”

Via Bloomberg News