Two of the four people who have contracted the hantavirus while staying in the “Signature Tent Cabins” at Curry Village from mid-June through August died. These are the newer insulated tent cabins east of the service road, in the area known as Boystown. They are more expensive and have furnace heaters. Apparently this location is common among the victims.
If you did stay there, the park is trying to contact you to alert you. Call the park at (209) 372-0822 if you experience any symptoms. It’s fatal in 30 percent of all cases, and there is no specific treatment. Early symptoms include fever, headache, and muscle pain, severe abdominal, joint and lower back pain, nausea and vomiting. A cough and shortness of breath usually develops 1 to 5 days after the onset of symptoms. The primary symptom of hantavirus syndrome is difficulty in breathing due to fluid build-up in the lungs. This can quickly progress to respiratory failure.
I was in Curry for June 18, July 7 and August 22 Half Dome hikes and stayed in Curry. Yikes. If you were there, do as I did and read this CDC website.
Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said: “Because people often don’t get sick from hantavirus until one to six weeks after exposure, we are encouraging anyone who stayed in Curry Village since June to be aware of the symptoms of hantavirus and seek medical attention at the first sign of illness”.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” – Deng Xiaoping
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com