Health Highlights: May 22, 201305/22/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Mystery Illness Kills 2 in Alabama
A respiratory illness of unknown origin has hospitalized five
people and killed two others in southeast Alabama, state health
officials announced Tuesday.
Over the past few weeks, the patients were admitted to hospitals
with cough, fever and shortness of breath, Alabama Department of
Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre said in a statement, the
Lab tests are currently underway to try and identify the nature
of the illnesses and McIntyre said preliminary results are expected
by Wednesday or Thursday.
So far, "we're only aware of [cases in] the Southeast, but we
don't know, we haven't received reports from anywhere else,"
McIntyre told the
AP. "That's why we're trying to get the information
Report Backs Park Service Response to Yosemite Virus
A federal probe into a deadly viral outbreak last year among
campers at Yosemite National Park found that park officials acted
Nine tourists staying at the California park fell ill with
hantavirus and three died. An investigation traced the infections
to deer mice nesting within the double walls of new tents in
Yosemite's Curry Village family camping site, according to the
The new report from the Interior Department's Office of
Inspector General found that the National Park Service responded
appropriately and according to department policy.
"When the outbreak was identified, NPS mobilized to contain and remediate the outbreak and to prevent further outbreaks," Mary Kendall, a deputy inspector general, wrote in a letter tied to the report, the APreported.
Current park policy did not require that park officials approve
design changes to the tents linked to the outbreak, the report
found. However, the park service should initiate cyclical pest
monitoring and inspections of public accommodations to minimize the
threat, the report's authors said.
Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, the concessionaire
responsible for the Curry Village tents, said it would adhere to
the recommendations in the new report and is removing the type of
tent cabin implicated in the outbreak.
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