Yosemite Virus

Yosemite Virus - Signature Tent Cabins, Curry Village Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park was hit by a deadly virus (hantavirus) in June 2012.

The virus was found in the Signature Tent Cabins in the Curry Village area of the park. Deer mice, which carry the virus, were nesting in the insulation between the double walls of the tents.

The hantavirus is carried in rodent faeces, urine and saliva.

There is no known cure for the virus!

Symptoms can take up to six weeks to show and one third of cases are fatal.


How do people get infected with the hantavirus?

  • When the rodent faeces, urine and saliva dries out and mixes with dust, it can be inhaled by humans (this is more likely to occur in small spaces).
  • If people touch or eat contaminated substances.
  • If people are bitten by an infected animal.


Yosemite National Park Virus (Hantavirus)

What are the symptoms of hantavirus?

Flu-like symptoms, such as...

  • headache
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle ache
  • cough

The virus is not infectious or contagious.


Victims of the Yosemite National Park Virus

There have been 8 cases of the virus confirmed so far, 3 of which have been a fatal...

  • A 37 year old man from the San Francisco Bay area died in July, after visiting Yosemite in June.
  • The second victim was from Pennsylvania and died in August.
  • A West Virginian man died in September, after visiting Yosemite in June.


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