Saturday, September 15, 2012

We do not have hantavirus.

Yes, we were in Yosemite this summer. No, we did not get hantavirus. A lot of people have expressed concern about our exposure to it. Thank you.

For those not yet acquainted with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), there is no cure and people have died from it. Humans are infected by contact with the saliva, urine or waste products from rodents. We're not big fans of those things so we're all clear.

Kudos to the National Park Service for its aggressive efforts to inform this summer's Yosemite Park visitors of the outbreak. I received two emails and one voicemail message alerting me to the symptoms and telling me where to go for additional information and help.

Summer reservations in Yosemite sell out a year in advance. This may not be the case next summer.

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