Yosemite continues to be a focal point of news as the hunt for the source of the hantavirus continues. At this point, it appears the area containing Signature tent cabins may be home to a nest of infected deer mice. There are plenty of mice in the wild of Yosemite and most do no more harm than snatching your trail mix or peanuts.
If a gaggle of mice are caught and found to have the virus, then health officials will be steps ahead in dealing with the situation. An expert is coming in from Colorado.
Close to 2,000 people who have stayed in the signature cabins have been sent emails alerting them to the problem. Most were guests in June but the park will be informing those who over-nighted ina signature cabin in July and August.
Take this seriously. IF you stayed there –or in the regular canvas tent cabins, be alert to any feeling like the flu. Contact your doctor to make sure it’s “just” the flu. If suspected, you will need to find out options and treatment. This is a new disease without much protocol for a cure. You may be placed in intensive care with oxygen treatment to keep your lungs strong as a block to this pulmonary calamity.
The best source of info is the CDC in Atlanta. Read this website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.” – Hubert H. Humphrey
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com