osemite National Park officials are warning that up to 1,700 visitors may have been exposed to a potentially fatal rodent-borne illness while staying at the renowned California park. Two tourists who were staying at the popular camping area Curry Village have died from the rare respiratory disease, called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Park officials, who are calling the outbreak "unprecedented," are encouraging visitors who stayed in Curry Village to be aware of flu-like symptoms. The virus, carried by infected mice, kills more than one-third of those infected.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why is American internet so slow?
- 7 ways to be the most interesting person in any room
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Colorado’s new ‘drive high, get a DUI’ commercials are actually pretty clever
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- Ukraine's fraught relationship with Russia: A brief history
- Sorry Belle Knox, porn still oppresses women
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
- This energy source could solve all of our problems — so why is no one talking about it?
Subscribe to the Week