Yosemite Park officials confirm 9th virus case

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – Officials say a visitor to Yosemite National Park has recovered after becoming the ninth person diagnosed with a deadly rodent-borne illness blamed for three deaths linked to the park. National Park Service spokesman John Quinley said Thursday the California resident stayed in the “Signature” cabins in the park’s historic Curry Village in early July.

The majority of the virus cases involved guests at the cabins. One visitor stayed at High Sierra camps in Yosemite’s wilderness areas. The disease is carried in the feces, urine and saliva of deer mice and other rodents, and carried on airborne particles and dust.

People can be infected by inhaling the virus or by handling infected rodents. Infected people usually have flu-like symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, chills and muscle and body aches.

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