YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - Yosemite National Park officials confirmed there has been a second deathdue to hantavirus contracted at the park in June.
Additionally, park ranger Scott Gediman said another person became ill with potential hantavirus.
Earlier this month, the park said a man who had stayed at the Curry Village Campground had died in late July of the rodent-borne disease anda woman had been diagnosed with hantavirus as well.
Gediman said it was believed the hantavirus was present in deer mice at Curry Village. Park officials were contacting all visitors who stayed in Signature Tent Cabins at the village from mid-June through the end of August.
Symptoms of hantavirus begin with aches and fever and can progress quickly to difficulty breathing and even death. Humans come in contact with the virus through the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents, primarily deer mice. Early medical diagnosis and treatment can improve the chance of recovery.