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| California | - 'Hantavirus outbreak' at Yosemite: Up to 10,000 visitors at risk!

 
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| California | - 'Hantavirus outbreak' at Yosemite: Up to 10,000 visitors at risk!
FRESNO, Calif. - Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials confirmed Friday as rangers handled a slew of calls from frightened visitors.
Park concessionaire Delaware North Co. sent letters and emails this week to nearly 3,000 people who reserved the insulated "Signature" cabins between June and August, warning them that they might have been exposed.
The cabins hold up to four people, and park spokesman Scott Gediman said Friday that means up to 7,000 more visitors might have been exposed to the virus that so far has killed two people and sickened four others.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 calls a day are coming into Yosemite's new hantavirus hotline as visitors frightened about the growing outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome call seeking answers.

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Hantavirus - is a life-threatning disease spread to humans by rodents that has symptoms similar to influenza.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Hantavirus is carried by rodents, especially deer mice. The virus is found in their urine and feces, but it does not make the animal sick.
It is believed that humans can get sick with this virus if they come in contact with contaminated dust from mice nests or droppings. You may come in contact with such dust when cleaning homes, sheds, or other enclosed areas that have been empty for a long time.
Hantavirus does not spread between humans.
Rodents carrying the hantavirus have been found in many U.S. national parks. Campers and hikers may be more likely to catch the disease than most people. This is because they pitch tents on the forest floor and lay their sleeping bags down in musty cabins.
However, only a couple of cases have been directly linked to camping or hiking. Most people who are exposed to the virus have come in contact with rodent droppings in their own homes.

[link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

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Re: | California | - 'Hantavirus outbreak' at Yosemite: Up to 10,000 visitors at risk!
damn!

is it transmissible from human to human? or just rat to human?
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damn!

is it transmissible from human to human? or just rat to human?
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Hantavirus does not spread between humans.

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Re: | California | - 'Hantavirus outbreak' at Yosemite: Up to 10,000 visitors at risk!
phew, thanks for xtra info
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No probs!
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.... Hope it doesn't get any worse
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