Yosemite National Park: 170 people sickened after likely norovirus outbreak

Henrietta Strickland
January 17, 2020

Most of the people who got sick had spent time in Yosemite Valley, where park offices, visitor services, snack shops, hotels and restaurants are clustered. According to the park officials, about 170 people have reported to experience gastrointestinal illness, which includes park visitors and its employees. As of today, there have been two confirmed cases of norovirus.

Health officials said the overwhelming majority of the reported cases were consistent with the symptoms of norovirus. Most incidents occurred around the first week of January and there has been a decline in the number of new cases in the past few days, according to the report.

Norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person, touching a contaminated surface or eating or drinking contaminated food.

Yosemite National Park, OPH, and other public health agencies are working together, and in collaboration with park partners, to prevent additional illnesses. Symptoms usually begin 12-48 hours after exposure.

1- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid sharing food or drinks with other people, especially when you're sick or they're sick.

"If you experience an illness, stay hydrated and contact your healthcare provider if you are anxious", the park said. Please limit your interaction with other people as much as possible to prevent further spread.

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