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L.A. Now Live: Q&A about hantavirus at Yosemite National Park

September 4, 2012 |  7:59 am

Times reporter Kate Mather will join L.A. Now Live to discuss the hantavirus outbreak linked to Yosemite National Park and how officials there are cleaning up the campgrounds and trying to reassure thousands of visitors who may be at risk.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. and will be moderated by The Times' Martha Groves.

Mather, who recently spent a few days at Yosemite, reported that public health authorities have traced six hantavirus cases to Yosemite, including two fatalities. Of the confirmed cases, five have been connected to the 91 "signature tent cabins" in Curry Village, one of the park's most popular campgrounds. The origin of the final reported case is still unclear.

The park has attributed the cases to a design flaw in the cabins, which are now closed indefinitely as an investigation into the outbreak continues.

Yosemite officials have sent letters or emails to about 3,100 people who reserved one of the cabins between June 10 and Aug. 24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 10,000 people stayed in the cabins during that time and were at risk for contracting the disease.

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