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Yosemite visitor recovers from hantavirus

Friday, September 14, 2012
A camping area at Yosemite National Park is shown in this undated file photo.

A camping area at Yosemite National Park is shown in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

A ninth visitor to Yosemite National Park has been infected with the rodent-borne illness hantavirus. The National Park Service says this latest patient has already recovered.

It's believed that he or she stayed in the now shuttered Curry Village Cabins like most of the other people infected at the park this summer.

Three recent Yosemite visitors have already died, and thousands more could be at risk. 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.

Yosemite National Park has set up a non-emergency phone line for all questions and concerns related to hantavirus in Yosemite at (209) 372-0822. It will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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