Report: Park Service warned about Yosemite rodents

AP News
Posted: Aug 30, 2012 2:32 PM
Report: Park Service warned about Yosemite rodents

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A state report says the National Park Service was warned in 2010 that efforts should be stepped up to inspect for rodents in Yosemite and prevent them from entering areas where people sleep.

The disclosure came just days after a Pennsylvania visitor became the second park guest confirmed to have died of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a disease spread by rodents.

Public health officials say both victims had stayed at the park's Curry Village.

The 2010 report issued by the California Department of Public Health was commissioned by the park service.

It says inspections for rodent infestations and appropriate exclusion efforts should be increased, particularly for buildings where people sleep.

Officials with Yosemite National Park and public health officials with the National Park Service did not immediately return calls seeking comment.