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Health Crisis in Yosemite

A second person has died of hantavirus. More than 1,000 people may have been exposed to the virus that has a mortality rate of 38 percent.

Yosemite National Park has issued a health alert for some visitors who stayed in the park from mid-June through the end of August. An outbreak of hantavirus, spread mainly by the urine and feces of infected deer mice, has killed at least two people and sickened an unknown number of other campers.

They all stayed in "Signature Tent Cabins" in Yosemite National Park's Curry Village. The park is contacting 1,700 past visitors who may have been exposed to the disease.

If you think you may have been exposed, see your doctor immediately.

Deadly illness

According to the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the illness is deadly in 38 percent of patients.

People infected with hantavirus show symptoms one to five weeks after exposure.

Early symptoms

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • chills
  • abdominal problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain)

Late symptoms

  • coughing 
  • shortness of breath (lungs fill with fluid)

 

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