Hantavirus Antibodies Show Up In Yosemite Workers


A small number of Yosemite National Park workers can now boast that they survived an extremely close encounter with hantavirus, according to reports from our news partners at the Mariposa Gazette.

Several Park workers who gave blood in October have come up positive for antibodies to the Sin Nombre strain that causes the deadly illness, said California Department of Public Health spokesman, Matt Conens.

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS, killed three Yosemite visitors and sickened six more last summer. No Park workers were among the total.

Conens did not give the precise number of workers who tested positive, but said it was "fewer than one percent" of 569 employees who answered questions and donated blood as part of the study.

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