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Rare Disease Kills Two Yosemite Visitors

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you vacationed in Yosemite National Park this summer, check your email.

The popular national park has warned 1,700 visitors they may have been exposed to a rare, rodent-born disease.

So far, there have been three confirmed cases of hantavirus, a fourth probable case, and two deaths from this flu-like illness. Yosemite ranger Scott Gediman says all four victims stayed at Curry Village tent cabins in mid-June.

“Since we’ve discovered this third and possibly fourth case, we haven’t had any new cases come to light,” Gediman said. “But we just want any visitors to know, if you’re experiencing any flu-like symptoms to seek medical help.”

To help spread the word, Gediman says park officials are enlisting the help of email.

“In order to alert everybody of a possible exposure, we’re in the process of sending out an email notification to approximately 1,700 visitors who stayed at the Curry Village tent cabins,” Gediman said.

Hantavirus can take up to six weeks to develop. The virus is carried by mice who can then pass it on to humans.

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