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September 1, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The brass padlocks on the signature tent cabins at Curry Village are the first sign that something is amiss as one of the park's last busy weekends of the year gets underway. Then there's the medical masks that Jil Johnson, 50, packed for herself, her 8-year-old son and his friend. The locks bar entrance to the park's 91 signature tent cabins, where park officials believe a deadly outbreak of hantavirus originated in June, sickening four people and killing two. The cabins are now closed indefinitely as officials wait to see if their efforts to close gaps between the cabin walls are enough to keep out virus-carrying deer mice.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Don't have reservations for the weekend in Yosemite? No problem. Curry Village has openings. The national park experienced a jump in cancellations after news broke earlier this month that two visitors staying in certain cabins in the Boystown section of Curry Village had become infected with the rare and sometimes deadly hantavirus. On Thursday, the number of cases jumped to six, with two people having died from the disease transmitted by deer mice. Lisa Cesaro, spokeswoman for the Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts, which operates cabins and other lodgings in Yosemite National Park, said she didn't know exactly how many guests decided to ditch their park vacation rather than risk getting sick.
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Kate Mather
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- A new nationwide advisory issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as many as 10,000 people were at risk for contracting hantavirus after staying in Yosemite National Park this summer. Park officials said Friday that they had sent letters and emails to about 3,100 people who reserved one of the 91 "signature tent cabins" in the park's popular Curry Village between June 10 and Aug. 24. The CDC alert - issued through its health advisory network, which reaches healthcare providers as well as health departments - said that an estimated 10,000 people stayed in the tents during that time.
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