Yosemite Closes 90+ Tents Before Holiday Weekend Because of Rodent Virus

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Yosemite Tent Cabins

More than 90 cabins and tents at Yosemite National Park are closed and will remain so during Labor Day weekend because of ongoing efforts to rid the area of a deadly, mouse-born disease.

Earlier this month, Yosemite and officials at the California Department of Public Health announced that three people had contracted the hantavirus while staying at the national park. Two of those people have died from the disease. Since then, health and park officials have been doing special cleanings and rodent-removal in tent cabins.

On Tuesday they closed down all 91 tent cabins indefinitely.

Crews are implementing a large trapping program at the campsites to get rid of possibly-infected rodents, in addition to other cleaning efforts.

If anyone has booked a tent cabin in the near future, Yosemite officials told FOX40 employees at the park are helping find alternative sleeping arrangements either inside or outside the park.