Deadly Virus Outbreak In California's Yosemite National Park
|Tents at Yosemite Park's Curry Village.|
Yosemite Bigfoot Researchers: It's probably a good idea to stay away from the Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village right now. California state health departments have confirmed that multiple people have been diagnosed with a rare but serious disease called the Hantavirus (formerly Korean hemorrahgic fever).
The National Park Service (NPS) announced that there were 3 confirmed cases and 1 probable case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in visitors who stayed at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park since June of this year. Public health officials believe that these visitors may have been exposed to Hantavirus while staying at the Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village. Two people have died.
According to Gizmodo.com, these are the symptoms:
First, the symptoms seem like influenza mixed with gastrointestinal problems: "fever, chills, sweaty palms, diarrhea, malaise, headaches, nausea, abdominal and back pain, respiratory problems such as the ones." These start "three to seven days and arise about two to three weeks after exposure."
After that it goes to hell, with a phase that includes tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rate) and tachypnea (abnormally rapid breathing). Then patients "will develop difficulty breathing, coughing and shortness of breath." At this point, the patient could enter into the "cardiopulmonary phase, where cardiovascular shock can occur, and hospitalization of the patient is required."
[via Gizmodo via CDC]