Officials study Yosemite workers for clues about hantavirus outbreak

Back in August, we posted about how to prevent a hantavirus infection. Now, in an update on the outbreak at Yosemite National Park, representatives from the California Department of Public Health say workers there will be studied as public health officials look for answers about the outbreak. Three park visitors died and nine became sick in an outbreak this past summer. The study will try to figure out why park visitors became sick but workers were unaffected.

Hantavirus, which is spread through rodent droppings and can be inhaled through particles in the air in unventilated spaces, cannot spread between humans. It leads to flu-like symptoms that gradually worsen over a one- to two-day period.




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