YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A visitor to Yosemite National Park has recovered after becoming the ninth person diagnosed with a deadly rodent-borne illness blamed for three deaths among those who spent time at the park this summer, officials said Thursday.
The California resident was stricken with the hantavirus after visiting Yosemite in early July, National Park Service spokesman John Quinley said.
The majority of the cases involved guests at the Signature cabins in Curry Village. One person stayed at multiple High Sierra camps in wilderness areas.
Park officials have sent health warnings to people who stayed at the two locations, advising there may have been a chance of increased exposure.
On Wednesday, officials sent thousands more notifications to reservation holders who booked stays at other locations in the park — locations not associated with any exposures or infections.
Officials said there was no evidence to indicate that people who stayed elsewhere in the park were at increased risk of exposure to hantavirus. The notifications were meant to provide information about the disease and raise awareness, Quinley said.
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