Friday, October 5, 2012

Black death and hantavirus spread fear through US camping zones

A third person who had traveled to Yosemite National Park and contracted hantavirus has died, the BBC and AP reported yesterday.

The news comes as other rodent-borne disease stories flood in from western parts of the US where camping zones are prevalent.

Seven-year-old Sierra Jane Downing was brought to a Colorado emergency room last week suffering from a high fever and seizures days after camping. Downing was diagnosed with bubonic plague (also known as the black plague) which she may have caught from close contact with a dead squirrel. Bubonic plague is transmitted via flea bites or direct contact with infected animals.

The story happened just as Yosemite National Park put out an APB for travelers who may have had contact with hantavirus at the Park's Signature Tent Curry Village. Read More