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Yosemite warns tourists after rare virus kills 2

Published on Aug 29, 2012 6:18 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - United States (US) health authorities are warning tourists who visited California's famous Yosemite National Park recently to beware of a rare virus spread in mouse droppings, after two people died.

A second fatality was confirmed at the weekend from "hantavirus pulmonary syndrome" (HPS), while two more people who visited the spectacular California park in June are being closely monitored.

The National Park Service (NPS) wants to contact visitors who stayed in "Signature Tent Cabins" at Curry Village, an accommodation centre in the vast park's Yosemite Valley tourist hub, since mid-June.

"These individuals are being informed of the recent cases and are being advised to seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit any symptoms of hantavirus," said an NPS statement.

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