Two confirmed circumstances of norovirus have been reported Thursday by officers at Yosemite National Park as at the very least 170 individuals have now fallen unwell with gastrointestinal issues since visiting the park this month.
Officers issued a statement confirming that two individuals have contracted the extraordinarily contagious virus after spending time in Yosemite Valley on and across the first week of January.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus might be transmitted by way of contaminated meals, surfaces or objects, or by coming in direct contact with somebody who has already been contaminated. Signs embody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Officers stated in all, 170 individuals have reported having gastrointestinal points and, whereas solely two circumstances have been confirmed, the “overwhelming majority” are “consistent with norovirus.”
Each park guests and staff are among the many individuals who have fallen unwell.
“Yosemite National Park officials and medical professionals with the National Park Service Office of Public Health (OPH) are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the illness and are continuing to conduct interviews with affected people,” the assertion learn.
The supply of the contamination was not revealed however a report from the San Francisco Chronicle cited park officers who stated an “extensive clean-up and disinfection” operation has begun within the park’s many meals institutions, which embody eating places, snack stands and resorts.
This consists of the well-known Ahwahnee Lodge restaurant which was just lately downgraded by AAA from its four-diamond score to 3 diamonds.
Michael Bennett, 69, and his associate, Luke Lowery, 60, advised the Chronicle that they stayed on the lodge on Jan. four and have become “violently ill” on their approach dwelling.
“It’s kind of disgusting to think that somebody who didn’t wash their hands may have passed on the virus,” Bennett stated.