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.