Authorities of the Yosemite National Park in California have closed down the ‘Signature Tent Cabins’ at Curry Village because of the deadly hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) virus – there is no known remedy and its fatality is one in three victims.
This scenic tourist spot attracts millions of visitors annually.
There are fears that 10000 tourists who had stayed in the tents might have been affected.
The authorities have contacted all those who had stayed here and have informed them about the symptoms to look out for – these symptoms are fever, chills, myalgias, cough, headaches and gastrointestinal ailments.
Those who had stayed in the tents between June 10 and August 24 are at maximum risk and should watch out for the symptoms of HPS in the next 6-weeks.
The disease was first identified in 1993 and till date there have been 60 cases in California and 587 all over the USA – 30% of these have turned out to be fatal.
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