International travel and health

United States of America - Hanta virus infection

3 September 2012 - Following the diagnosis of Hanta virus infection in a number of visitors who stayed at Curry village in the "Signature Series Cabins" in Yosemite National Park, California, United States, since June of this year, authorities in the USA have been taking actions to remove the risk and to provide information to visitors . The most common symptoms experienced by individuals infected with the virus are fever, headache, muscle ache, and severe difficulty in breathing. Because people often don't get sick from Hantavirus until one to six weeks after exposure, anyone who stayed in the village should be aware of the symptoms of Hantavirus and advised to seek medical attention at the first sign of illness. Clinicians managing returning travellers from visiting Curry village with compatible symptoms are advised to take into consideration the possibility of Hantavirus infection.

Travelers should be advised to avoid exposure to rodents and their excreta. Adventure travellers, backpackers, campers and travellers with occupational exposure to rodents in countries or areas at risk for Hantaviruses should take precautions to exclude rodents from tents or other accommodation and to protect all food from contamination by rodents.

A non-emergency phone line has been set up by the Yosemite National Park Service for questions and concerns related to Hantavirus in Yosemite +1 209 372-0822.

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