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Yosemite Officials Scaling Up Response to Concerns About Hantavirus



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Two people have died and another was sickened by the hantavirus syndrome. 
 
The park has sent out 3,000 emails to visitors who stayed in the Curry Village camping area from June through August. 
 
Ranger Kari Cobb says part of Curry Village has been closed off to visitors.
 
COBB: "We also temporarily relocated all those individuals who currently have reservations for what we call our signature tent cabins here in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park."
 
The disease is carried by deer mice, transmitted by droppings stirred up by the air. 
 
Both state and federal officials are at the park and trapping mice to see the extent of the infestation. 
 
Cobb says the park is finding more ways to safeguard visitors.
 
COBB:  "They have been providing ways to rodent proof those cabins, they have also give us ways to clean up after that that keeps us safe."
 
Some visitors have cancelled reservations, but other walk-in visitors are filling in the empty campsites.
 
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