Stomach virus strikes 170 Yosemite visitors, staff

Stomach virus strikes 170 yosemite visitors, staff

About 170 visitors and employees at Yosemite National Park have been hit by gastrointestinal illness, park officials say.

They said most of the cases occurred around the first week of January and the number of new cases has declined in the past several days, CNN reported. Two of the are confirmed as norovirus, and most of the others are consistent with the virus, according to the park officials.

The situation is being investigated by the park, which has improved sanitation measures to prevent further spread of the illness.

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States, and causes about 21 million illnesses a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported.


Explore further

Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in US

More information: CNN Article

Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Stomach virus strikes 170 Yosemite visitors, staff (2020, January 20) retrieved 23 February 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-01-stomach-virus-yosemite-visitors-staff.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
1 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments