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Friday, August 17, 2012

Camper at Yosemite National Park DIES after contracting rare disease transmitted by mice

A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at a popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.

The man was the first person to die from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome contracted in the park, though two others were stricken in a more remote area in 2000 and 2010, officials said.

Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health showed the virus was present in fecal matter from deer mice trapped near Curry Village, an historic, family friendly area of cabins.

'There's no way to tell for sure, but state health officials feel they may have contracted it here in Curry Village,' park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

The woman was expected to survive. Read More