Hantavirus at Yosemite: Did you stay there?

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

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2 Responses to Hantavirus at Yosemite: Did you stay there?

  1. Denise Connors says:

    Is it possible to be checked before there are symptoms? We were there August 13-16, we weren’t in the insulated tents though, we stayed in one of the plain canvas tents. This kind of got me freaked out and I feel things that aren’t there kind of like how someone talking about lice just makes you itchy. I work with very fragile special needs kids, from what I understand it’s not contagious by human to human contact but I hate to take chances!! I’m not sure how far in advance you can be checked, any idea??

    • The key is if you get flu-like symptoms within 6 weeks of your Curry stay. You could visit your doctor and alert him/her of the mouse hantavirus situation. Then if you DO have symptoms you would be ahead of the game for treatment. At this point there is no call for EVERYONE who stayed at a Curry tent cabin to act – for now just those who stayed at a Signature tent cabin need to be vigilant.

      This is a new disease and not much is known. It is rare. But also not a whole lot to treat it.

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