Hantavirus In Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

And one of those news that you would prefer never to return, but since it is on a United States national park, it is good to be informed: about 1700 people who stayed at a campsite in the Yosemite National Park could be been exposed to a deadly virus (hantavirus), transmitted from rodents to the park, just as squirrels, but also mice and dormice.

Unfortunately there are 3 fatal cases recorded, all tourists who stayed at some cabins-tents of Curry Village, which is located right in the Yosemite National Park Valley, not far from the famous Half-Dome, the granite mountain that seems to have been cut in half, as a cake. The disease can incubate for up to six weeks before experiencing flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, it is fatal in 30 percent of cases, and there is no specific treatment of the 587 documented cases in the United States, since the virus was first identified in 1993, about one third proved fatal.

The Rangers are handing out leaflets informing about the risks dell’hantavirus to all visitors who enter the most famous park in the United States, after Yellowstone . Inside Yosemite National Park seem to be a few squirrels, mice or dormice infected, and the infection can occur if you come in contact with the saliva and urine of animals, as well as, of course, if you are bitten. Rodents are generally not aggressive, but it is common to see tourists play with the squirrels in the park: even if animals are cute and fun, it is better not risk it!, But in this case it seems that the rodents had access in some tents of the camp, and have infected indirectly tourists, because of their urine or salivary their emissions.

The Curry Village is the cheapest place to stay overnight inside the Yosemite National Park, and a cabin here costs $ 140 per night. The campsite is located at the base of Glacier Point, and is a few years that this structure is targeted by misfortune in 2008 had been closed for a number of falling rocks, but in 2009 had been renovated cabins, which are now “accused” of accommodate outbreaks of this terrible disease.

Originally posted 2012-08-30 02:03:02.

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