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Friday Travel Ticker: Yosemite on alert

September 07, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times
  • Tent cabins in Curry Village were closed after the outbreak of hantavirus at the park.
Tent cabins in Curry Village were closed after the outbreak of hantavirus… (Associated Press )

In response to the recent outbreak, Yosemite is distributing hantavirus information to every visitor. Since HPS was first identified in 1993, there have been approximately 60 cases in California and 602 cases nationally, the park says. Nationwide, approximately 20% of mice carry hantavirus.. . . . Bermuda is on a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Leslie hovers to the south-southeast. Little motion or change in strength is expected until sometime Friday . . . . A hoax tip called in to airport police was being blamed Thursday when a Dallas-bound flight out of Philadelphia was recalled by authorities and a passenger removed. The passenger was the victim of “a pretty nasty trick,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said . . . . Virgin America has the cleanest cabins of the biggest U.S carriers, a poll of frequent travelers and aviation professionals found. Lets Fly Cheaper.com says second place went to JetBlue. U.S Airways, United and American Airlines placed at the bottom of the list . . . . WestJet stock rose to its highest price in more than four years this week after the Canadian discount carrier reported a record occupancy rate on filled seats . . . . L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum has extended indefinitely a summer program that provides free admission to active military personnel and their families . . . . Argentina is putting a chill on travel, as the government restricts access to the foreign cash the country’s residents need to leave the country for trips. Legally trading pesos for dollars has become more difficult in Argentina as the government tries to keep dollars inside the country and bolster the Argentine peso's sliding value . . . .  The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, a German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant, launches a six-week Oktoberfest Sept. 15 . . . . Australia's John Stephan makes his Las Vegas debut at the Orleans Hotel and Casino with a salute to Roy Orbison Sept. 28 . . . . Travel quote of the day: “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” (Samuel Johnson)

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