Third Person Dies From Hantavirus at Yosemite

A total of eight have been infected
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2012 5:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – A West Virginia resident who visited Yosemite at some point over the summer has become the third person to die from the park's hantavirus outbreak, reports the Los Angeles Times. Health officials announced the death today, along with an additional infection, bringing the total to eight. The CDC warned last week that 10,000 visitors might have risked exposure.

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One other troubling detail emerged today: While seven of the eight known cases are believed to have originated in the Curry Village camping area—probably from mice that got into cabins—the eighth looks to have come from a different area of the park, the High Sierra Camps. Which means that more warnings might be going out soon. (Read more Yosemite National Park stories.)

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