Global Alert for Hantavirus Risk from Yosemite National Park
You might be at a risk of contracting hantavirus – a deadly disease spread by mice and their droppings -- if you have stayed at the tent cabins of Yosemite National Park this summer.
Reuters reports that the disease has been identified as the cause behind at least two deaths and four illnesses in the US this year. Moreover, nearly one-fourth of the 10,000 people suspected to be at risk due to their stays in Yosemite between July and August are from other countries. This prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an alert to 39 other countries about the risk of hantavirus infection in those who visited the national park.
The disease is thought to have spread from one of 91 "Signature" tent-style cabins in the park's Curry Village camping area, according to Reuters. The cabins have been shut down.
Though there is no cure for the disease, it can be identified with symptoms such as headache, fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and coughing. The virus, known to kill 36 percent of those who are affected, may incubate for up to six weeks after exposure, and can cause severe breathing difficulties and death, according to Reuters.
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