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Pet Rats Linked to Outbreak of Rare Virus

Seoul virus surfaces among Wis., Ill. breeders

(Newser) - An outbreak of a rare virus has hit at least eight people who breed pet rats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Seoul virus is a type of hantavirus and officials say they have never seen cases in the US associated with pet rats before, CNN reports. The... More »

Vampire Bats Now Feasting on Human Blood

Scientists in Brazil say they're evolving because of a decline in birds

(Newser) - Human encroachment typically means bad news for a given species (recent examples include giraffes and cheetahs ), but one mammal appears to be fighting back. Researchers say the hairy-legged vampire bat has adapted surprisingly fast from drinking the blood of birds to that of humans to survive, reports the Telegraph ... More »

9th Person at Yosemite Contracts Hantavirus

Three have died so far from the infection

(Newser) - The National Park Service says a ninth visitor to Yosemite National Park has been infected with the rodent-borne illness hantavirus. Park officials announced the case today and said the unidentified person has recovered. Eight other visitors to the park have contracted the illness, and three of them died . The majority... More »

Third Person Dies From Hantavirus at Yosemite

A total of eight have been infected

(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... More »

2 New Hantavirus Cases Linked to Yosemite

Six so far hit with rare viral infection

(Newser) - Authorities have identified two new cases of hantavirus—and officially confirmed an earlier non-fatal case—bringing to six the number of people infected while camping in Yosemite National Park in California. Two people have already died, and authorities fear thousands could be at risk for the unusual viral infection, which... More »

Yosemite Widens Hantavirus Alert

Advising campers of risk is 'No. 1 priority'

(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.... More »

Yosemite to 1.7K Visitors: You Might Have Hantavirus

Warning goes out after second death

(Newser) - Following a second death from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Yosemite National Park officials are warning 1,700 summer visitors that they, too, could have contracted the rodent-borne disease. Those in danger came to the park between June and August and stayed in the "Signature Tent Cabins" in the park's... More »

2nd Yosemite Camper Dies of Hantavirus

4 suspected with viral infection stayed at same camp

(Newser) - A second person has died from the rare hantavirus infection after staying at a Yosemite campsite in California. Both victims and two others who may have contracted the virus all spent time in tent cabins at the popular Curry Village campground, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "This is being... More »

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