Australian tourists possibly exposed to deadly hantavirus in US

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley has written to the RACGP, the AMA and other associations asking that they raise awareness among health professionals “of the risk of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in Australians” who stayed at the park between June and August.

A health department spokesperson said Australia was notified of the outbreak by the US Department of Health and Human Services under the International Health Regulations.

“The notification to Australia advised that, based on accommodation records in the park, eight Australians may have been exposed to hantavirus since June 2012,