Yosemite tests 'could take weeks'

24 September 2012 08:46

People who visited the park and spent the night there since June are being sent an email

People who visited the park and spent the night there since June are being sent an email

Investigations into how people were infected with hantavirus following visits to the Yosemite National Park in the United States could take weeks to conclude, according to federal and state officials. Health experts have highlighted a potential link to the large rise in the number of the park's deer mice, who carry the virus.

During the past weeks park officials have been catching and exterminating the mice. They say the greater number of mice may have increased the virus risk, although the percentage infected has not changed. All but one of the cases have been found to originate in Curry Village and health officials are investigating the area. The officials have now shut 91 tent cabins after deer mice were found in insulated walls. Ensuring you have comprehensive medical travel insurance will help guard against the cost of expensive medical treatments should you fall ill during your holiday.

Danielle Buttke, a veterinary epidemiologist for the National Park Service, said: "The cases have been (visitors from) distinct cabins, different cabins, different families, and along with that, we know there are people that stay with case patients in tents - patients that didn't get sick." Visitors to the park are being handed information and tips on how to avoid the virus. Around 230,000 people who have visited the park and spent the night there since June will also be receiving an email, informing them of how the virus is transmitted and its dangers.

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