Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsHantaviruses
IN THE NEWS

Hantaviruses

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Seven deer mice found in Loma Linda, Yucaipa and Mentone were confirmed to carry the potentially fatal hantavirus, state officials said Thursday. The last reported case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, the disease in its human form, occurred in the area about two years ago in a Highland resident, who survived the infection. The disease was recognized only 12 years ago, but there have been 43 human cases -- with 25% fatalities -- in California and more than 380 cases nationwide.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
While Orange County officials anxiously wait to find out whether the deadly hantavirus is lurking in local rodents, county park workers are striving to keep themselves safe and visitors calm. None of the county's 18 regional parks, nor the sprawling Cleveland National Forest, have posted warning signs or literature about the virus, but some employees say visitors are concerned about the airborne virus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1993 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fear of the potentially deadly hantavirus has Orange County athletes on the run. High school officials have transferred three cross-country meets out of rural Carbon Canyon Regional Park and may move four others unless health officials can assure them that runners are safe from the virus, which is carried by deer mice, officials said. The hantavirus, spread by a fine dust from deer mice droppings, was discovered recently in blood samples from rodents trapped in a remote part of South County.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2003 | From Associated Press
A 29-year-old man has died from hantavirus, the second death from the disease in less than two weeks in Montana, officials said Tuesday. Laurel Riek, a spokeswoman for the city-county health department in Helena, said officials were investigating how the man contracted the disease. It is the third reported case in the state in the last two weeks. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a severe respiratory infection spread by rodent urine, feces or saliva.
NEWS
April 24, 1994 | Associated Press
The hantavirus that has killed at least 40 people, including many Navajos, should not be named after a canyon on their reservation, the Navajo Nation Council says. The council voted 52 to 0 last week to ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to recommend naming the virus Muerto Canyon Hantavirus. The CDC proposed the name recently, saying it was following a custom of naming diseases after the spot where they were discovered.
SCIENCE
August 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
 In what is almost certainly a medical first, a physician from my hometown of St. Joseph, Mo., has identified a new viral disease thought to be transmitted by ticks. The virus  is related to hantaviruses, which have recently caused at least two deaths at Yosemite National Park, but so far only two confirmed cases have been observed. Because the two farmers who contracted the virus live 60 miles apart, however, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspect there are probably many more unrecognized cases.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yosemite National Park is gearing up for summer. Glacier Park Road opens noon Friday (today) and the east-west Tioga Road that accesses the back country is expected to open May 11. The housekeeping tents in Curry Village are up, and horse rides and open-air Yosemite Valley tours are ready too. But there's something you'll see more of this year too: hantavirus warnings. A rare and deadly hantavirus outbreak last summer killed three people and sickened seven others . "We're telling folks the same things we've been telling them, but in a lot more places," Tom Medema, the park's chief interpretation and education ranger, said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Yosemite officials have broadened their effort to contact people potentially exposed to hantavirus at the national park, reaching out to more than 1,000 additional visitors and preparing an alert to healthcare providers nationwide. Park officials have now sent emails and letters to about 2,900 people who stayed in one of the "signature tent cabins" in Curry Village between June 10 and Aug. 24, when at least three lodgers were infected with the rodent-borne virus, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
NEWS
June 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Federal technicians were doing lab work Wednesday to determine if hantavirus killed a woman who had cleaned up a mountain cabin she planned to buy. Results were expected this week, said Mark Lohman, spokesman for the Riverside County coroner. Donna Lynch, 44, of Hemet died at a hospital in her hometown Friday just hours after coming down with a cough and vomiting.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|