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Yosemite Issues Alert to Past Visitors

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Rangers are reaching out to anyone who stayed at Curry Village this summer after nearly a handful of people contracted a rare, rodent-borne disease.State health officials say a second person has died after contracting hantavirus while visiting the park in recent months.Officials say there is one other confirmed case of the illness and a fourth person is being monitored.Park officials are warning visitors who stayed in the tent cabins at Curry Village to be aware of any symptoms of hantavirus, which are similar to the flu; headaches, fever, nausea, chills, vomiting and diarrhea. Federal health officials say symptoms may develop up to five weeks after exposure.You can become exposed to the virus, which is carried by infected deer mice, through the rodent’s urine, droppings or saliva.

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