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Old 08-30-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Default Is it safe to visit Yosemite national park now?

Hi,

We are flying to San Francisco tomorrow from VA. We plan to stay there for a few days and we would like to visit Yosemite. However yesterday I heard about the hantavirus.
What do you guys know about it? Would it be safe to go? We don't plan to stay in a cabin because we would probably be coming back the same day so I'm not sure what to do...

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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Dont kiss any squirrels, chipmonks or other rodents and you'll be fine. The hanta virus is everywhere in the wild. Spread by airborne particulates of rodent feces. If your not staying in the cabins or tent areas, which are always a gold mine of rodent droppings then you'll be fine.

You could always visit other spectacular areas of the state. Lake Tahoe is nice this time of year.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I wouldn't worry about it.

Do the math: 4,000,000 visitors a year. Three confirmed people got hanta. Two died. You're more likely to die on the way to Yosemite in a traffic accident than get the virus.

As a side note 15 people die in Yosemite each year. Two boys recently died by swimming in the Merced River.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Yosemite is as safe as any wild land, there are hazards, most are subjective, that is, you cause them. Objective, very minor. The two cases of Hanta occurred in Camp Curry tent cabins.

1700 people stayed in the tent cabins in mid June, two fatalities, decent odds.

Hanta can occur anywhere there are mice, including your house.

It is thought that the virus came to the US from Korea during the Korean War, from near the Hanta River, last I checked.

Look on the bright side. At least in Yosemite a Griz won't have you for lunch.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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I've never been a big fan of the tent cabins except when I was young. The Lodge or the Ahwanee are more my style now.

This seems more like the swine flu scare of a few years ago in Mexico. While we were in Mexico (and we had the place almost to ourselves) a case of swine flu was reported in my county. I told my friends we went to Mexico to avoid getting the flu.

Yosemite is most definitely worth the visit and now that they've figured out what was going on, I'd say the odds of getting the virus are 0 to non-existent.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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The hantivirus 'scare' is not something I would worry about. Like everyone says- stay away from structures that the little critter-carriers congregate in and around, and if you do go in one- don't go kicking dust up and around.

We were there earlier this summer and believe me most places you will go (trails, major sights etc) there is essentially a zero probability of infection.

However if you are worried about it you can certainly come to Montana and visit Yellowstone or Glacier Park. There are no reported cases of Hantivirus that I know of (recently). In fact you'd stand a better chance of being gored by a bison or shredded by a grizzly sow though.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Thanks guys... I loved some of your replies, so funny!
We will definitely go then!
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Where they serve real ale.
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Hi,

We are flying to San Francisco tomorrow from VA. We plan to stay there for a few days and we would like to visit Yosemite. However yesterday I heard about the hantavirus.
What do you guys know about it? Would it be safe to go? We don't plan to stay in a cabin because we would probably be coming back the same day so I'm not sure what to do...

Thanks for any advice!
You're fine. Don't stick your nose in any rodent nests and you'll be just fine.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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There there be Zombies! Arrrrgh!
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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If anything, please remember Yosemite is wild and can be dangerous, especially around water. The wet granite is extremely slick. You aren't visiting Disneyland.
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