Yosemite makeover seeks to keep hantavirus at bay

Last year, three visitors died and six became ill when they were infected by the rodent-borne illness. The park has spent millions working to mouse-proof lodging.YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings.
Source: L.A. Times - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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