30,000 People Warned of Hantavirus Exposure
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2012 12:14 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Sep 7, 2012 4:46 PM
30,000 People Warned of Hantavirus ExposureTuolumne Meadows insulated tent cabins also discovered to have exposed visitors to hantavirus from infected deer mice. Yosemite National Park has now sent out warnings to a total of 30,000 visitors, including 10,000 who stayed at the Curry Village insulated tent cabins, to warn them of their possible exposure to the deadly hantavirus and to be checked by their physicians.
From ABC-TV World News, September 7, 2012.
Edited by: trekker502
Sep 7, 2012 9:28 PM
1From the Sacramento Bee newspaper, Friday 9/7/12
"3rd Hantavirus Death Reported by Yosemite
Officials Now Say 25,000 May Have Exposure" By Sandy Kleffman
" A West Virginia resident is the third person to die from the rare havantavirus after staying at Yosemite
National Park this summer, officials announced Thursday, as they raised to 25,000 the number of people
who might have been exposed.
All told,eight people have contracted the mouse-borne disease after spending one or more nights at the
popular park since June 10.
Seven of the infected people, including all who died, stayed in the "signature" tent cabins in Curry Village.
The park service closed all 91 of those cabins last week while it investigates how to protect the public.
The remaining infected person stayed in several of Yosemite's High Sierra camps. Park employees are
now attempting to contact the nearly 12,000 people who visited those areas this summer and urge them to
seek immediate medical care if they develop symptoms... It can take up to six weeks for symptoms to
develop. People initially may feel like they are getting the flue with fatigue, fever, chills and muscle aches.
But after a few days, their health may deteriorate rapidly...
The person who stayed in the High Sierra area "exhibited very mild symptoms. He never was hospitalized, and he recovered," a spokesperson said. That person stayed in tent cabins in Tuolomne
Meadows Lodge, Merced Lake Camp, Sunrise High Sierra Camp, and Vogelsang Camp. He also did some
In addition to the West Virginia resident, others who died included a 37-year old Alameda County man
and a Pennsylvania resident. The five who are recovering from the disease were all California residents.
But because Yosemite has so many international visitors, the park service has put out a worldwide alert for
doctors to be on the lookout for cases.
The signature tent cabins that have been the focal point of the investigation into how the disease is
spreading have a double-walled design. The park decided to close those cabins before the busy Labor Day
weekend after finding evidence of mouse activity in the gaps between the walls.
A phone line set up for questions- (209) 372-0822 has been receiving 200 to 500 calls a day. It is
open from 9 a.m. to 5.p.m. daily.
Since hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was identified in 1993, about 60 cases have been reported in
California and 602 nationally."
Sep 7, 2012 11:08 PM
2If experience is anything to go by, advising 30,000 people of possible exposure doesn't reflect the health risk - more the cover-thy-ass option, litigation-wise. If the hantavirus were that prevalent, or exposure that common, there would have been a lot more cases by now - it doesn't take several months to manifest itself - more like several weeks.
Sep 8, 2012 2:03 AM
3This is becoming another SARS / Swine-Flu beat-up!
Soon we'll be hearing about people all around the world who have seen a mouse in their house running off to their lawyers and their doctors (in that order!).
In fact. I saw a rat in my back yard a couple of days ago- and now I have a sore foot- I'm sure there must be a connection............
Sep 8, 2012 4:39 AM
Sep 8, 2012 11:50 AM
5A friend of a friend was one of the tourists who died. I have no problem with the government telling people who stayed at Yosemite to be on the lookout for symptoms. Usually these types of outbreaks start out undercounted because local doctors won't be thinking of hantavirus as a possibility and because people might not associate their recent vacation with their symptoms.
Sep 8, 2012 1:22 PM
6Oh for Chrissakes! Exactly how many screechingly hysterical threads playing up this non-threat and sowing seeds of panic among the easily panicked do we need?
Eight people have contracted the disease. EIGHT. If that number even doubles, I swear to Zeus that I'll eat a bushel of deer mice. Yosemite NP is covering their asses by sending out those letters, but there is no chance -- NONE -- that even a tiny fraction of those people were actually exposed.
Stop fanning the flames of this ignorant frenzy.
Sep 8, 2012 2:54 PM
7This is an international forum, and many of the international tourists who looked to this forum for advice regarding their trip to national parks in California may also be checking back in after their vacations to report on their trips and will then see this warning announcement if they have not already received a warning in their snail-mail or e-mail directly from Yosemite.
Sep 8, 2012 3:26 PM
No one is "fanning the flames of this ignorant frenzy."
Do you also think Reuters, the Sacramento Bee, NBC news, and the LP news desk are just being hysterical too?
Hysteria occurs in the absence of reliable information. Ignorance is the absence of knowledge.
Which comment exactly is it that you find fanning the flames?
Also a bit interesting that you keep returning to read these threads. You don't have to, you know.
Sep 8, 2012 3:39 PM
9Do you also think Reuters, the Sacramento Bee, NBC news, and the LP news desk are just being hysterical too?
Hysterical is a bit strong, but these and all news outlets are not immune from indulging in a good beat-up, especially when you can quote really big numbers like 30,000. And while the chances of suffering from hantavirus-caused disease and dying, after staying in a park tent this June, would be vanishingly small - news media have never let low probability get in the way of "informing the public".
Sep 8, 2012 3:44 PM
Sep 8, 2012 6:58 PM
11The concern is for persons who stayed from June-August 24 in one of Camp Curry's Signature Cabins.
This means there is a window UNTIL OCTOBER when a Signature Cabin guest could develop flu-like
symptoms- such as muscle-aches, fever, headache. Anyone with questions can call Park Rangers at (209) 372-0822 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Sep 8, 2012 7:47 PM
12Now, French Health officials are examining two French citizens to Yosemite National Park who are
exhibiting symptoms of hantavirus infection.
Sep 8, 2012 8:46 PM
Sep 8, 2012 9:28 PM
Absolutely. Sensationalist tabloid journalism, hyping a threat that remains very, very small.
One thread on this topic is a valid contribution to a travel forum. But there are now four threads, all which of contain much hand-wringing and little useful information about the disease. Give it a rest.
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