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NY state probes case of hantavirus in Adirondacks

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

Vaughan said he likely would not have visited a doctor but for the fact that he had recently changed physicians and had a physical examination already scheduled in late September. When blood tests from that exam came back, he was sent directly to the emergency room. "I probably wouldn't have done anything and I might not have made it," he told reporters.

He said he has since taken another hiking trip to the Adirondacks, although he said he is reconsidering whether he will continue to camp in lean-tos. "Many avoid them because of the high mouse population," he said.

Steigbigel said if test results from the state and CDC confirm hantavirus, experts will likely be sent to the area where Vaughan camped, as well as to his Stony Brook home, to take samples for further review.

Nine people who visited Yosemite National Park this summer became infected with hantavirus. Three of them later died.

People infected with the virus usually develop flu-like symptoms, including fever, shortness of breath, chills and muscle and body aches. The illness can take six weeks to incubate before rapid acute respiratory and organ failure.