Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Yosemite Park Alert After Hantavirus Deaths

There are fears of a possible outbreak of a rare, rodent-borne disease called hantavirus after a second person died from it.

Officials at the Yosemite National Park in California are warning past visitors to be aware of symptoms like flu-like aches, fever and dizziness.

Health officials learned over the past weekend of the second hantavirus death, which killed a person who visited the park in June, spokesman Scott Gediman said in a statement.

There is one other confirmed case of the illness, and a fourth is being investigated.

Park officials are particularly appealing to visitors who stayed in tent cabins at Curry Village, from mid-June through to the end of August, to beware of any symptoms of hantavirus - which can develop up to five weeks after exposure to urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents.

There is no specific treatment for the virus and about one-third of people who contract it will die.

There is also no evidence that the disease spreads from one person to another. Read More