Monday, September 3, 2012

Killer virus warning for British tourists who visited Yosemite National Park after two people die

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is contacting Britons who may have visited the United States national park at the centre of an outbreak of a deadly virus that has killed two people.

Around 100 UK travellers have been identified as having stayed at Yosemite National Park between mid-June and the end of August.

The agency said it was not aware of any cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) - which is carried by rodents - in Britons who had been there on holiday.

But it is warning people who had stayed at the park and also providing health advice and information on the situation in the US.

A total of up to 10,000 people who stayed in the lodging cabins in the park’s Curry Village may have been exposed to the potentially fatal disease.

The California Department of Public Health has confirmed that six people who visited the park have now contracted the virus, up from four suspected cases earlier in the week. Read More