Another death, two more victims infected with hantavirus

Three people have died and a total of eight people have been infected after contact with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in Yosemite National Park.

According to park service officials, efforts to contact former visitors who stayed in certain areas of the park are picking up.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the park released another press release stating that yet another victim had died since last week and two more have been found to be infected with the virus.

Three cases have resulted in fatalities; the five remaining individuals recovering. The confirmed cases include six individuals from California, one from Pennsylvania, and one from West Virginia.The types of hantavirus that cause HPS in the U.S. cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

Seven of the eight cases of HPS have been linked to the “Signature Tent Cabins” in Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. At least one case originated in the High Sierra Camp cabins.