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SCIENCE
May 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal scientists found no trace of the often fatal, rodent-carried hantavirus among blood samples recently taken from Orange County deer mice, county health officials said Thursday. The findings counter results from earlier field studies, which identified five deer mice near San Clemente carrying a strain of the air-carried virus that has been tied to at least 33 deaths nationwide. County vector ecologist James Webb said the new results are encouraging, but it may be too soon to breathe easy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
Health officials are reminding people in South County who find mice in or around their homes to use extra caution because two mice recently were found carrying a deadly strain of hantavirus. The virus has killed 45 people nationwide. The two latest mice with hantavirus in Orange County were trapped in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park near Lake Forest and on the back porch of a San Juan Capistrano house, said James Webb, a vector ecologist with the Orange County Vector Control District.
NEWS
July 28, 1993 | Associated Press
A Round Mountain homemaker said Tuesday that a mouse that was caught and killed by her cats was the apparent source of the hantavirus infection, Nevada's first case, that nearly killed her. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta confirmed that the Round Mountain hantavirus case was the nation's 46th and only the third outside the Four Corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, where 26 people have died of the disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2007 | Matt Schudel, Washington Post
Terry L. Yates, a biologist who discovered the source of the deadly hantavirus in the Southwest United States and who held several leadership positions with the National Science Foundation in Washington, has died. He was 57. Yates, who was also a University of New Mexico vice president, died Dec. 11 of brain cancer at the university's Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque.
TRAVEL
May 28, 2000 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Visitors to national parks are often reminded of safety precautions such as boiling stream water and keeping food stashed away from bears. This year, they will also be reminded to take precautions against hantavirus, a rodent-borne virus that can cause severe respiratory problems and even death. The reminders will be especially frequent in parks where the virus has been found in rodents. But all national park visitors should take precautions, health officials say.
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
November 21, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
To date, 10 people have fallen ill - and three have died - in the hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park's “signature” cabins in Curry Village, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hantavirus only infects a handful of people in the U.S. each year, but when it strikes it is deadly about a third of the time, killing by shutting down the respiratory system.  Humans can catch the virus by getting bitten by infected deer mice, which carry the disease, or by inhaling virus particles that are shed in mouse feces or urine.  Hantavirus cannot pass from person to person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Another person has been sickened by hantavirus originating in Yosemite National Park, the ninth case in a rash of the rodent-borne disease that has killed three visitors since mid-June. The latest case sickened a California resident who stayed in a Curry Village "signature tent cabin" in early July, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. The person has since recovered, he added. But the latest case was a milder infection, with flulike symptoms that did not advance to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, the respiratory ailment that can prove fatal, according to park and health officials.
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