Virus in Yosemite Park: hundreds of visitors sighted
If you plan to visit Yosemite National Park this holiday weekend, it might be worth reviewing your plans. Hundreds of people became ill after visiting this popular tourist attraction in California, writes USA Today.
About 170 people said they had gastrointestinal illnesses, including visitors and park employees, park officials said on Thursday, January 17.
Most affected people spent time in the Yosemite Valley.
Two of them have confirmed cases of norovirus. According to the statement, the "overwhelming majority" of the remaining cases corresponds to norovirus.
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Most cases occurred in the first week of January. The park reports a “significant reduction” in new cases in the past few days.
Officials and health workers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disease and conduct interviews with victims.
Norovirus spreads very easily, including as a result of direct contact with an infected person, as well as touching a surface or object contaminated with norovirus, eating or drinking infected with norovirus.
Symptoms of norovirus usually appear 12-48 hours after exposure.
Officials are now working on disease prevention. The park continues "extensive cleaning and improvement of sanitary protocols," the announcement said.
According to officials, a person can help prevent the transmission of norovirus through the following actions:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If there is no soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Try not to share food or drink with other people, especially if you or they are sick.
If you feel sick, please contact your doctor.
Limit your contact with other people to prevent the spread of the disease.
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