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1 dead from rodent disease possibly linked to stay at Yosemite National Park

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Aug. 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
August 16, 2012 3:21 pm

The Associated Press reports that a man died and a woman is seriously ill from a rodent-borne disease they may have contracted during a stay at Yosemite National Park:

FRESNO, Calif. — 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.

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