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1,700 Yosemite Visitors May Have Been Exposed to Hantavirus

By Sophie Bushwick | August 30, 2012 12:23 pm

deer mouse
Humans can contract hantavirus when they inhale particles
from the waste of an infected mouse

Between hantavirus‘ first documented appearance in 1993 and the end of 2011, the CDC counted a total of 587 cases, with 211 deaths, more than a third of those infected. So you can see why recent visitors to Yosemite National Park were dismayed and frightened when the park recently warned that 1,700 of them might have been exposed to hantavirus while staying in the tent cabins at the park’s Curry Village.

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