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Yosemite Widens Hantavirus Alert

Advising campers of risk is 'No. 1 priority'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 30, 2012 3:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yosemite National Park officials are stepping up their efforts to alert past visitors to its Curry Village that they may have been exposed to hantavirus. Some 2,900 letters and emails have now been sent to people who bunked in a "signature tent cabin" between June 10 and Aug. 24, reports the LA Times. Two campers have died of the rodent-spread illness, and authorities have confirmed one other case and identified a likely one. Park officials are now working with the CDC to spread the word nationwide. "The notification is our No. 1 priority," says an epidemiologist. "We want to come up with other strategies to make sure that people hear about this."

In this file photo from Oct. 23, 2011, tents in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite officials are broadening their notification of visitors who may have been exposed to Hantavirus.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
In this 2005 file photo, visitors view Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dino Vournas, File)
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