Since early January visitors of Yosemite National Park have been reporting synonyms of what could be norovirus.
With abdominal pain, severe vomiting and diarrhea, these cases grabbed the attention of the national park. There have already been two confirmed cases of th virus, according to Forbes Magazine. This meaning that testing confirmed the presence of the virus in the individuals.
Norovirus is a very easily contracted virus. It also resist standard cleaning measures. People of all ages can be affected. People will the virus will shed billions of the virus particles and it only take a few to get another person sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to Reuters, Yosemite and national park health officials were investigating the outbreak, Scott Gediman, the park spokesman, said: “The overwhelming majority of the reported cases are consistent with norovirus.”
A contributing factor to to the virus spreading throughout the park may be due to the government shut down that occured back in December 2018. At the time, since there was almost no one to maintain the park, feces and garbage began to pile up. Although, it’s not clear whether sanitation issues had anything to do with this month’s presumed norovirus outbreak.
According to Forbes Magazine, in August of 2019 Aramark had been failing to properly manage the park’s hotels, food services, campgrounds, and shuttle services. The park had gotten such bad reviews from park visitors that Yosemite Superintendent Michael Reynolds had to send a warning letter to the company.
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Gediman added that Yosemite was undertaking “extensive cleaning and enhanced sanitation protocols” following the outbreak, according to Reuters.