Hantavirus update at Yosemite 9/12/12

I stayed at the Curry Village Canvas Tent cabins in August. I just received an email from our buddies at recreation.gov. Wow, if they are sending these out to everyone who stayed in Curry, that’s a lot of emails. Better safe than sorry. Here’s the main message:

As you may be aware, Yosemite has been in the news recently related to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a rare but serious disease that occurs throughout the United States, usually in rural areas. Your recent overnight visit to Yosemite did not include a stay in lodging where the known hantavirus infections might have occurred; however, we wanted to take this opportunity to increase public awareness about hantavirus. We are contacting you as the reservation holder and we ask you to share the following information with the rest of your party. 

It continues with the now common advice: watch for flu-like symptoms.

The park has aggressively been trapping deer mice in Curry Village. Here’s the deal: traps with peanut butter were set out between Aug. 21 – 23. These were in the Boystown area where the signature tent cabins are. Half the traps caught mice. With about 14% had or have had hantavirus.

Between Sept. 4 – 6, traps were set in Curry Village and in Tuolumne Meadows, where 45% of the traps caught mice. Results could take months to complete. One theory for the large number of mice is that Curry has attracted an easy source of food – Homo Sapiens.  We tend to drop a lot of scraps for the little guys to munch on. More litter = more mice = more hantavirus. Plus mice predators tend to shy away from all the people there. Makes you think.

In other news: 

1. AP wrote a very nice story on the Half Dome National Historic Registry award. They talked to me and yes, I’m ecstatic. This will give timely support to the park as they prepare to tell us the final ruling on the cables for 2013 and beyond.

2. Bridalveil Creek and Yosemite Creek Campground are closed for the season.

3. End of season Curry Village Hours:

Meadow Grill: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pizza Deck: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mon – Fri, Noon – 9:00 p.m. Sat – Sun

Bar: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday – Frida, and Noon to 10:00 p.m. on Sat – Sun

Gift and Grocery: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Mountain Shop: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Curry Village Tour Booth – closed for the season

4. TV news: Survivor Philippines premiers Sep 19 – 90 mins. Oh Boy, my only TV show.

 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior.” – Walt Whitman 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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