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Bergener & Associates: Woman Who Almost Died After Contracting Hantavirus in June 2012 Seeks Compensation
Date:5/9/2013

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According to the CDC website, hantavirus is transmitted by infected rodents, usually by way of their urine and droppings. The virus from the animal waste becomes airborne, allowing it to be breathed in by humans. After an investigation into the outbreak, the CDC concluded in September 2012 that during the summer season, a total of ten visitors to Yosemite National Park contracted the disease. Three of the victims passed away as a result. The agency went on to write that, "public health officials believe that 9 of the 10 people with confirmed hantavirus infection were exposed to the virus while staying at the Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village."

According to the Yosemite Park accommodations website, at the time of Mrs. Carrillo’s stay, the Curry Village tent cabins were constructed with double-walls and insulation between the two layers. Mice and other rodents allegedly lived and defecated in high numbers within the insulation. The website says that following the 2012 hantavirus outbreak, all of the Signature Tent Cabins were replaced by those with a single-wall design.

In the January 25 complaint filed with the Superior Court of California in Mariposa, case number 10302, Mrs. Carrillo’s lawyers claim that the Delaware North Company, “knew and had been told by [...] both state and federal authorities and others, that the tent cabins posed an extremely high risk of hanta virus exposure to lodgers due to their design, construction, and maintenance before the subject incident; yet [Delaware North] failed to remedy the situation or even warn of the same.” The
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